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Contact:  Russ Allen, Director of Business Development
Phone:  (978) 973-1397


Lititz, PA (March 21, 2007) –  With the end of the Cold War, the potential threats the Navy must be preparedcounter have become significantly more diverse.  More importantly, the unpredictability of the threat environment makes it imperative that technologies developed today can be adopted and adapted to support future needs.  The Azonix Nautilus product line of computer displays, being introduced at the Sea-Air-Space Exposition 2007, April 3-5 at the Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C., does just that by providing modularity, reliability and ruggedized design that will help the Navy reduce manning requirements and manage product life cycle and availability while using industry standard solutions (COTS) to meet or exceed stringent military standards..

According to Kevin McCarthy, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Azonix, the Nautilus computer display fulfills three important objectives: open architecture to provide flexibility and modularity; reduced obsolescence to decrease cost; and, reliability to ensure system operation whenever, wherever needed.

“By adopting an open architecture design for Nautilus,” said McCarthy, “integrators can use the same hardware for multiple applications.  For example, the display can be used with a laptop, connect to a rack-mount computer, interface with an Azonix integrated computer module or even one from a different manufacturer.  Plus, the modularity that is built into Nautilus makes it possible to upgrade and enhance systems while maintaining the same physical footprint which is important when dealing with limited or defined space on aircraft carriers or other vessels.”

Another important feature of the Nautilus is reduced obsolescence.  The company’s approach to designing a new system takes into account everything from the initial design to production readiness to having a proactively managed obsolescence plan.  “We want to make sure that we can upgrade our products as new technology comes on-line and that spare parts are available for soon-to-be-obsolescent parts or substitutes are engineered into the system,” noted McCarthy.  “Our methodology is really designed to integrate new technologies to extend system life, improve asset productivity and reduce obsolescence.  The result is a better product at a lower cost of ownership,” he concluded. 

The third differentiating feature of the Nautilus line is its reliability.  According to McCarthy, the display modules are totally sealed against dust, salt water and other contamination that can reduce the life of the electronics.  Nautilus’ rugged aluminum enclosure also provides physical protection and thermal load control for wide temperature operation.

Nautilus is ideal for applications that require critical real-time information displays such as machinery control and monitoring systems, JP5 pump rooms, radar systems, bridge safety alarm systems, navigation, mapping and damage control stations.  The Azonix ProPanel® MP2030C is currently in use aboard Nimitz Class aircraft carriers as Bridge Displays.  They are also in use with the CVN Damage Control as well as Machinery Control and Monitoring systems.  This product continues to be successfully upgraded and maintained after a full decade in service.

Azonix will showcase Nautilus in Booth Number 3310 in Hall C at the Sea-Air-Space Exposition 2007 event.

Azonix is a unit of Crane Co., a Fortune 500 operating company with divisions that supply equipment for Navy, Marines, Army and Air Force applications.  The company is a leading supplier of ultra-ruggedized computers for use in extreme environments found in the military, process automation and the oil and gas industry.  Azonix offers solutions and services that supply real time information to enhance productivity and reduce operating costs.

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