Emerson's RIDGID® Introduces Customized Contractor-Grade Laptops Powered by Dell OEM Solutions


ELYRIA, OH, - RIDGID®, a business of Emerson (NYSE: EMR) and a leading manufacturer of innovative tools, equipment and video inspection devices for the professional trades, today announced a new family of rugged laptops and convertible tablet PCs, based on the award-winning Dell Latitude E-Family and customized by Dell OEM Solutions to meet the specific needs of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

Pre-configured with customized software access to RIDGID informational resources and diagnostic tools, the "contractor-grade" laptops are designed to work with RIDGID inspection systems and withstand the harshest of conditions encountered on jobsites including pounding rain, blowing dust and dirt, extreme temperatures and accidental drops up to four feet.

"The need to process and share information on the jobsite is becoming increasingly important to many of our loyal customers who are contractors and service professionals," said Fred Pond, president of RIDGID. "Working with Dell's OEM division we can now make a laptop recommendation based on the needs of a particular end user and these laptops can be linked with our diagnostic tools, like the RIDGID SeeSnake® LT1000 laptop interface, and online business tool, RIDGIDConnect(TM)."

Ron Pugh, director, Dell OEM Solutions, Americas, said, "We are committed to providing OEM customers with best-in-class hardware and services to meet the unique needs of their solution. I am thrilled that we can continue to expand our relationship with Emerson by enabling their RIDGID division to offer a choice of innovative, rugged computing solutions that serve their customer's needs."
RIDGID Contractor-Grade Laptops

The Dell laptops, which will be RIDGID branded, are offered in four configurations - a military/contractor-grade rugged laptop, a fully rugged multi-touch tablet PC, a "business" rugged laptop and a laptop that provides all-day battery life. The systems are available on www.RIDGID.com/Dell.

Each model will come pre-configured with a customized RIDGID software image that provides access to various informational resources and diagnostic tools to make customers more efficient and productive. By building RIDGID applications and resources into the laptops at the factory, getting started is as easy as turning the laptop on and plugging in digital tools. A full suite of powerful monitoring, recording, and data management tools will be ready to use right out of the box saving customers time.

Dell Latitude E6400 XFR - Real World Rugged

Built tough for tough environments, the Latitude(TM) E6400 XFR was designed and engineered for the challenges faced every workday.

▪ Dell's exclusive Ballistic Armor(TM) Protection System enables excellent protection and a higher drop specification than any computer in its class (up to 4ft).

▪ The QuadCool(TM) Thermal Management System allows the XFR to operate in temperature extremes with uncompromising performance.

▪ The PrimoSeal(TM) technology has the highest combined level of Ingress protection rating (IP65) of any other fully-rugged notebook.

Dell Latitude XT2 XFR - Field-Ready Multi-Touch Tablet PC

The industry's thinnest, smallest 12.1-inch rugged convertible tablet PC designed for high performance in harsh environments.

▪ The innovative multi-touch screen lets you work whichever way the job demands and its 12.1 inch wide-aspect outdoor-viewable screen can keep you productive in the field.

▪ Ideal for field-service and industrial manufacturing workforces who need rugged systems that can withstand challenging conditions, including drops of up to 3 feet.

▪ Quick conversion from a thin and easy-to-carry tablet PC to traditional laptop with a full-size keyboard.

Dell Latitude E6410 ATG - Flexible and Tough

Built from the ground up to work anywhere you need it, the Dell Latitude E6410 ATG is built for durability with a stunning design.

▪ High-durability textured paint for additional protection from physical wear and spill-resistant input surface offers protection in a variety of field environments.

▪ Fast response free-fall sensor on the motherboard along with a Dell StrikeZone(TM) shock absorber protects systems against drops.

Dell Latitude E6410 - All-Day Mobile Computing

The Latitude E6410 is thoughtfully designed not just for looks, but to survive a long day on the job.

▪ With premium magnesium alloy construction, longer-lasting paint finishes, and robust metal hinges, the Latitude E6410 is more durable than ever.

▪ Long, reliable battery life that can last as long as your work day.

For more information on the LT1000 laptop interface and RIDGIDConnect visit www.RIDGIDUpgrade.com and www.ridgidconnect.com.

About RIDGID and Emerson Professional Tools

RIDGID®, a leading manufacturer of innovative tools, equipment and video inspection devices, markets its products in more than 140 countries. The company's broad offering of more than 300 types of tools serves the rental, plumbing, HVAC/R, utility, industrial, electrical, petroleum, institutional, commercial and hardware markets. RIDGID is part of Emerson Professional Tools(TM), a business of Emerson, which brings technology and engineering together to design and produce some of the highest-quality tools and equipment in the world. From wet/dry vacs to the industry's best-selling pipe diagnostic system, key brands include RIDGID®, KNAACK®, PROTEAM® and WEATHER GUARD®.

About Emerson

Emerson (NYSE:EMR), based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets through its network power, process management, industrial automation, climate technologies, and appliance and tools businesses. Sales in fiscal 2009 were $20.9 billion. For more information, visit www.Emerson.com.

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