German-based Kontron claims its new Stingray workstation has a food-grade stainless steel front panel that protects against cleaning agents and other environmental hazards. It is designed for large operating systems in food and beverage processing plants, The 15-inch flat touch-screen can be used by staff to input data or access information during food processing. Relatively new regulations require processors to schedule frequent cleaning and washdowns of equipment. As a result demand has risen for equipment that can withstand the corrosive effects of the water and chemicals used in the process. The workstation is certified to IP65, an international standard that indicates the unit is dust tight and is able to withstand frequent cleaning by water and water jets. Kontron said the workstation's design prevents contamination and potential harmful substances penetrating the unit, reducing the requirement for cleaning and maintenance, the company claimed. The Stingray's protected frame adapts the 15-inch flat touch-screen for the various cut-out sizes so the display can be integrated existing system mountings. Installation can be performed by in-house personnel with no requirement for additional tools, which considerably reduces down time, claims the manufacturer. The display, the hard drive unit, and power supply unit are separate modular components and can be independently replaced at any time. This design also reduces the number of spare parts that need to be kept and the cost of repairs and upgrades when required, the company claimed. The modular design is suitable for large food and beverage manufacturers with their own IT staff or service providers, the company stated. The Kontron Stingray uses Microsoft Windows software and features Intel Pentium M processors, which operate using lower energy consumption compared to desktop processors, claims the manufacturer. The Stingray's lower energy use, requires less ventilation for processor cooling, making the workstation suitable for installation in small or tight fanless assemblies, claims Krontron. Glass-on-glass touch-screens fitted to the Stingray are more scratch and corrosion resistant than competing products, and delivers an improved image quality, compared with competing products, the company claimed. The workstations come with a two years parts and labour warranty. Kontron is a manufacturer of embedded computer technology and mobile rugged solutions, with operations in Europe, North America, and Asia-Pacific.