Success story: rugged handhelds in sales force automation (April 2014)

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Founded in 1996, Winmate Communication is a worldwide leader in industrial displays and related display and computing technologies. Winmate offers a full range of industrial LCD solutions as well as a broad line of Panel PCs to meet a wide range of customer requirements. By skillfully integrating ruggedness, mobility, and fanless technology, Winmate is creating a new era in industrial PCs.

Rugged 3.5" Handheld

Offered in both Android and Windows CE/Mobile versions, the compact Winmate C350T rugged handheld terminal provides a friendly, highly configurable platform for numerous data collection applications. Available for both field and healthcare settings in different color schemes, the C350T can be configured with optional RFID, 3G, scanners, high-res camera and more. [See full review]

Rugged 3.7" Handheld

For the toughest jobs in the field, Winmate offers the 3.7" Rugged Handheld Device. Sealed to IP67 specification and able to withstand even the most severe punishment in the field, the ARM Cortex A8 powered device presents state-of-the-art handheld technology (including full-VGA sunlight-readable display and is able to run Windows CE. The Winmate Rugged 3.7" Handheld can be configured for numerous location based, communications, and data collection applications via available 3G and GPS, RFID reader, barcode reader. [See full review]

Rugged Industrial PDA 4.3" (see product page)

Winmate's E430T compact rugged industrial/enterprise PDA is a next-gen handheld device running the Android OS on a 1GHz TI DM3730 processor. Bringing an entirely new level of flexibility, functionality and ease-of-use to pocket-sized rugged mobile devices, the E430T with its capacitive multi-touch display, dual cameras, GPS and extensive communications options provides field workers and mobile professionals with the power to streamline business processes, increasing productivity and improving customer service. [See full review]

Rugged Handheld 4.3" (see product page)

Winmate's S430T rugged industrial mobile computer offers field computing, communication and data capture capabilities in a heavily ruggedized handheld that bridges the gap between conventional industrial handhelds and advanced smartphone functionality. Capable of running either the Android or Windows CE/Mobile OS platforms, the S430T with its projected capacitive touch display, AF camera, GPS and extensive communications and data capture (scanner, RFID) options provides field workers with advanced, flexible technology in a familiar form factor.

Compact Rugged Tablet PC (see product review)

Winmate's Compact Rugged Tablet PC was designed for applications where a full-size tablet is too big and a handheld too small. Powered by an Intel Atom processor, the fanless and well-sealed device can run either Windows Embedded or Windows CE (or Linux) on its bright 5.7-inch display. Dual batteries provide full shift operation, and the compact tablet is rugged enough for any job. Geared towards a wide variety of applications, the Winmate Compact Rugged Tablet PC is highly configurable with a very wide variety of communication, sensor and data collection options.

7" Compact Tablet PC (see product page)

With the M700D tablet, Winmate has a very rational, straight-forward and cleanly designed basic tool. for tablet jobs that require Windows, yet also a tool that's technologically attractive and highly customizable by partners/resellers that may use their own branding. But that's not all: this tablet also comes with Android as the M700DT4 with the same size and weight but slightly different tech specs.

7" Compact Rugged Tablet PC (see product page)

With the 7" Compact Rugged Tablet PC, Winmate is extending the immensely popular media tablet form factor into the rugged market. Despite weighing just over two pounds, this Intel Atom powered fanless tablet has been tested in compliance with MIL-STD-810F high/low temperature, humidity, and altitude, shock, vibration, and transit drop procedures. Its bright wide-format WVGA resistive touch display is suitable for any environment, and the device includes GPS as well as available 3G WWAN communication. Available with military or cilvilian interface connectors, our rugged 7" industrial tablet is suitable for numerous markets.

9.7" Compact Rugged Tablet PC (see product page)

Using the standard aspect ratio XGA form factor popularized by the iPad, Winmate's 9.7-inch Compact Rugged Tablet PC is a more rugged and more durable version of consumer media tablets. Powered by the latest generation of Intel's tablet-oriented Atom processor und offering projected capacitive touch operation, the Winmate 9.7-inch tablet combines Microsoft Windows Embedded Standard 7 power and functionality with the compact size and ease of use of a modern tablet. Equipped with USB, LAN and HDMI connectivity the tablet is designed for deployment in numerous enterprise and business applications. (see full review page)

Rugged Tablet PC

Presenting Winmate's field-proven, reliable and cost-effective rugged Tablet PC. With mobility becoming ever more important in virtually all industrial applications, Winmate's rugged yet compact and lightweight Tablet PC slates offer superior functionality. Combining advanced battery management, sunlight-viewable display technology, fanless design, wireless communication and our software integration expertise, the rugged Tablet PC -- available with a variety of processors including Intel Atom, and several display sizes --is a perfect fit for niche and vertical markets that require ruggedness, mobility and the ability to survive in harsh environments.

Rugged G-Win Panel PC

The ability to stand up to extreme abuse while delivering superior performance and viewability differentiate our compact G-WIN Rugged Panel PC Series, which is available with a variety of processor and mounting options. Depending on the application, G-Win vehicle-mounts are powered with anything from frugal AMD And Intel Atom processors all the way up to high performance Intel Core Duo processors with the advanced chipsets. All models feature full IP65 sealing, anti-corrosion coated aluminum alloy housings, and 8.4 or 10.4-inch displays with optional touch screens and sunlight-viewable display technology.

RUGMATE Marine Displays and Panel PCs

In its powerful RUGMATE line, Winmate offers a line of marine grade LCD displays and panel computers specially designed for maritime applications such as navigation, monitoring & surveillance, and ship automation systems. All Winmate Marine products are built and tested according to DNV Standard Certification 2.4, IEC60945 and IACS-E10. Winmate's Marine products are certified by Det Norske Veritas (DNV), the Norwegian foundation internationally certifying materials, components and systems relevant to safe operation and quality of ships.

Rugged G-Win Embedded Automation Controllers

Winmate's G-Win embedded automation controllers are designed for industrial automation and M2M (machine to machine) applications. These machines combine Core 2 Duo computing power with extensive and flexible I/O support both for legacy connections requiring RS232/422/485 serial ports with isolation and auto-direction function, as well as digital I/O ports, standard USB connections and gigabit Ethernet. Storage options include shock-mounted hard disks, solid state disks, and industrial grade CF Flash. Our controllers feature fanless design for high efficiency thermal conduction without ventilation holes, robust aluminum housings for anti-shock & vibration, and power isolation resistance solutions. G-Win automation controllers can be used in vehicles, stationary, and in harsh and outdoor environments.

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Winmate News
Winmate scores major Latin American contract for rugged 7-inch Android tablet
Winmate announced that the company has secured a $7 million contract from a major telecommunications company in Latin America to deploy its M700DM4 rugged mobile tablet with 4G/LTE in the public safety sector. This will set a new precedence for public safety in the region, as the M700DM4 will become the first mobile tablet with 4G/LTE to be used in the country’s Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system. The contract includes a multi-year provision of the 7-inch, rugged Android tablet. [See Winmate press release] -- Posted Friday, February 20, 2015 by chb

Winmate's M101 rugged tablet now available with Android
Winmate announced that as of January 2015, their popular thin-and-light M101 rugged tablet computer platform will also be available in an Android version. The Android 4.2-based M101M4 tablet shares the design, dimensions and 10.1-inch display with the initial Microsoft Windows-based M101B/H, but not the internal electronics which are optimized for Android. [See description, analysis and specs of the Winmate M101M4 rugged Android tablet] -- Posted Thursday, January 8, 2015 by chb

Winmate ultra-wide temperature range embedded rack server
Rack servers — those slim full-service PCs that can be inserted and stacked into standardized stationary or mobile racks — need to be rugged, too. Winmate knows that and offers its Intel Ivy Bridge powered 2U-size IV7 embedded server PC in an extremely wide -40 to 158° Fahrenheit operation temperature range. [See Winmate IV7 Embedded Server PC] -- Posted Monday, January 5, 2015 by chb

Full review: Ultra-rugged Winmate IH83 tablet PC
The boxy, no-nonsense Winmate IH83 provides full Windows functionality in a classic ultra-rugged tablet form factor. Powered by an Intel "Haswell" processor, this latest version of Winmate's classic ultra-rugged provides four to five times the performance of earlier versions, and it does so without the need of a fan. It gets up to 7 hours of battery life, feels nearly indestructible and overall offers a significantly updated version of Winmate's tough, non-nonsense workhorse tablet platform that's now technologically state-of-the without losing its legacy support, simplicity, and straightforward design. [See full review of the Winmate IH83 Ultra-Rugged Tablet PC] -- Posted Thursday, January 1, 2015 by chb

Winmate's rugged E430M2 Android handheld automates African retailer's store and warehouse efficiencies
When South African bathroom product retailer CTM needed a solution for better manage assets, production time and distribution they found it in e-commerce software developed by Tangent Solutions running on Winmate's Android-based 4.3-inch E430M2-3BM rugged handhelds with built-in Motorola barcode scanners. The combo allows users to track incoming and outgoing products, storing and monitoring warehouse inventory information in real time, check a shipment’s location status and locate inventory records instantaneously. CTM also utilized the E430M2-3BM for a user-friendly payment system to streamline checkout and eliminate the need to exchange cash. [Read Winmate case report] -- Posted Friday, December 19, 2014 by chb

Winmate releases new Bay Trail DIN rail Box PC
Winmate introduced their new fanless Intel Bay Trail N2930-powered IBDR Box PC that measures just 6.0 x 5.5 x 3.4 inches. The Winmate IBDR Box PC offers extensive I/O including legacy RS232/485 serial ports with isolation, as well as digital I/O, three USB ports, four RJ45 gigabit Ethernet jacks, VGA video, and up to 256GB of mSATA solid state storage. Intended use includes automation control, data collection in industrial and building automation control, factory automation, and data transmission applications.[See Winmate IBDR Box PC] -- Posted Tuesday, December 9, 2014 by chb

Winmate releases next-gen industrial Android PDA, now with replaceable, more powerful battery
Winmate's rugged 4.3-inch E430 Android handheld platform has been quite the success. The company is following up with a 3rd generation, the E430RM2 that now has a replaceable battery with larger capacity, easier access to expansion card slots, and productivity-enhancing new accessories. [See description, analysis and specs of the Winmate E430RM2] -- Posted Monday, September 8, 2014 by chb

Winmate newsletter: Stainless Steel IP67 Panel PCs
Winmate's latest newsletter highlights their Stainless Steel IP67 Panel PC series, available with a 19-inch 1280 x 1024 display, and soon also in 10.4-inch and 15-inch formats. The Intel Atom D2550-powered panels differentiate themselves with full IP67 protection, which means they are completely dust and waterproof. [See Winmate newsletter on Stainless Steel IP67 panels] -- Posted Monday, August 25, 2014 by chb

Winmate posts video on warehouse inventory management
Check out Winmate's newly posted inventory management application video featuring their rugged M101B tablet. Someone was seriously playing with 3D software! [See Winmate video on YouTube] -- Posted Wednesday, July 30, 2014 by chb

Winmate rugged Panel PCs now available with Haswell power
Winmate announced that their rugged Panel PCs are now available with Intel "Haswell" 4th generation Core processors. This includes panel mounts, front-IP65, chassis frame or full open frame designs with diagonal screen sizes of 15.6, 19 or 21.5 inches. [See list of Winmate Haswell Panel PCs] -- Posted Thursday, July 24, 2014 by chb

Case study: Winmate rugged tablets in vehicle diagnostics
Almost all of our automotive systems are being controlled and monitored by computers. To improve the quality and reduce errors in these systems, Automotive OEMs and suppliers are requiring good diagnostic tools to detect and discover any failures which appear in automotive systems. When Daimler was looking to upgrade their vehicle diagnostic equipment. Winmate’s next generation 8.4” tablet running Windows 7 was the perfect tool for the job. [See Winmate rugged tablets in vehicle diagnostics] -- Posted Monday, July 21, 2014 by chb

Winmate adds wide-screen Panel PCs to Bay Trail lineup
Winmate announced the addition of several new wide-screen products into their Intel Bay Trail-based Panel PC lineup. The new models have 15.5 (1366 x 768 pixel), 18.5 (1366 x 768 pixel) and 19-inch (1440 x 900 pixel) displays and use the Bay Trail 1.83GHz Intel Celeron N2930 processor with the Bay Trail SoC chipset and Intel HD Graphics. Each size screen is available in one of Winmate's three housing options: IP65 front-sealed, chassis or panel mount, or open frame. [See Winmate wide-screen Panel PC product page] -- Posted Monday, July 14, 2014 by chb

Product video of the Winmate M101B
Winmate published a brief explanatory product video of their M101B Bay Trail-based rugged tablet computer.

-- Posted Friday, July 4, 2014 by chb

Winmate newsletter: Use of rugged panel computers for visitor management in stadiums]
Winmate>'s July 2nd newsletter demonstrates how rugged panel computers can be used for visitor management in stadiums and arenas where secure, rapid entry is important to the satisfaction of fans who enjoy not having to wait in line for extended periods. Winmate's highly configurable Bay Trail-powered 10.4" rugged panel pc can easily handle rain and extreme temperatures, making it ideal for the job. [See Winmate newsletter on rugged panel computers for visitor management in stadiums] -- Posted Wednesday, July 2, 2014 by chb

Winmate newsletter: Military Panel PCs
In their June 10 newsletter, Winmate featured their Military-grade Rugged Console Panel PC and Display. Built to survive drops, shocks, liquid spills, vibrations, dust, salt, and extreme temperatures, Winmate's Military line of products is tested for both MIL-STD-810G environmental and MIL-STD 461F EMC standards, and comes in 17, 19, and 201.-inch screen sizes. Powered by a 1.86GHz dual-core Intel Atom D2550, the panels offer high resolution (up to 1600 x 1200 pixel), wide viewing angles, auto-dimming, military connectors, and optional 5-wire resistive touch with EMI mesh coating. [See Winmate military Panel PCs] -- Posted Tuesday, June 10, 2014 by chb

Winmate partner Braetec to display at CeBIT 2014 in Sydney
Winmate’s Australian partner Braetec is exhibiting May 5-7 at CeBIT 2014 at Syndney Olympic Park, Syndney, Australia, Booth D23. Braetec will showcase Winmate's marine and military solutions, the Stainless IP65 panel, industrial displays and various Panel PC solutions. -- Posted Tuesday, April 29, 2014 by chb

Success story: rugged handhelds in sales force automation
It's always good to hear rugged device implementation success stories. One of them is Winmate Communications' cooperative effort with Coca Cola Beverages Sri Lanka to replaces their error-prone traditional method of store-to-store sales management with rugged Android-based Winmate E430M2 handhelds. [Read how Coca Cola is using rugged Winmate handhelds] -- Posted Friday, April 18, 2014 by chb

Winmate releases rugged Bay Trail-based 10.1" Windows tablet with 1920 x 1200 pixel procap display
Winmate has announced their new rugged 10.1-inch M101B Windows Tablet PC. The fanless M101B is based on a "Bay Trail" 1.86GHz quad-core Intel N2920 processor, features a superb 10.1-inch 700-nits IPS projected capacitive touch screen with 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution, has dual cameras (5mp and 2mp), 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, a full complement of sensors, and optional 1D/2D barcode reader, HF-RFID and 4G LTE. The M101B weighs 2.4 pounds, has IP65 sealing and can handle 4-foot drops. [See description, analysis and specs of the Winmate M101B rugged tablet] -- Posted Tuesday, April 15, 2014 by chb

Winmate opens North American service center
Winmate announced it is expanding operations in North America with a service center for Tablet PCs and PDAs via TTX Canada, Inc., a division of Winmate. Located in Ontario, Canada, this will be Winmate's first U.S. and North America service center location. Winmate also announced it has appointed Louise Kucic as Business Development Director, North America. In this role, Kucic will be responsible for the development of the North American market as Winmate continues to expand its presence in the rugged Tablet PC, mobile computer, and PDA market. -- Posted Wednesday, October 2, 2013 by chb

Winmate M700D and M970D rugged tablets now with Windows 8
Winmate Communications reports that their Intel Atom N2600-powered Winmate 7-inch M700D and 9.7-inch M970D rugged tablets are now available with Windows 8. Both tablets offer projected capacitive multi-touch. Winmate also implemented a number of "hot tab" keys as Windows 8 charms, allowing users to quickly access frequently called functions. [See Winmate release] -- Posted Friday, July 12, 2013 by chb

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