ACP sat down with Ken Osborne, the SCADA Systems Coordinator for Pinellas County Utilities and discussed what it takes to keep the water flowing for over one million people in the Tampa Bay area.
Q – “How long have you been with the Pinellas County Utilities?”
A – “Thirty three years”
Q – “What did the system look like 33 years ago?”
A – “There wasn’t a system. In about 1995, we installed a VMS based Opto 22 system for all of Pinellas County, which at the time, was four main facilities plus 300 pumps and offsite stations. After Y2K happened, when we saw that our software was not working properly, we started converting over to Wonderware and we completed our first site deployment with ThinManager on an upgrade to a Terminal Server environment with Wonderware.”[...]
ACP (Automation Control Products) will be releasing its new ThinManager 6.0 thin client and terminal services management platform in April. This will be ACP’s third software release in the last 13 months and will continue to build on ACP’s centralized management solutions for the modern factory by simplifying management of applications and visual resources. This release has several new features including iTMC, which allows any Apple iPad to run as a thin client, as well as worldwide remote access capability and improved support for a wide range of hardware.[...]
ACP releases version 4.1 of their award-winning thin client and terminal services management software
New version includes support for managing virtual machine environments and extended IP Camera funtionality.
Alpharetta, Georgia, April 2011
ACP releases version 4.1 of their award-winning thin client and terminal services management software.
ThinManager Platform 4 expanded ThinManager’s functionality with features like MultiSession, AppLink, SmartSession, IP Cameras and Shadowing. Now ThinManager 4.1 brings support for virtual environments as well by adding virtual machines and virtual servers to the ThinManager source tree.
Manage virtual terminal servers and virtual desktops.
Use any IP camera that supports MPEG.
If your thin client is equipped with dual Ethernet ports, it is now possible to directly connect an IP Camera into the 2nd Ethernet port on the thin client. This greatly decreases network activity, instantly freeing up more bandwidth.
The at-a-glance management that has made ThinManager so popular has been extended to support virtual machines along side of other plant floor sources such as HMIs and IP camera feeds. By using one simple tool, modern plant floor managers can realize a tremendous time-savings when configuring, maintaining and deploying the sources that are used across their factories. Virtual machine support with iOS applications extends these time-savings by offering a more complete and portable management solution.
• Switchover to thin clients left one branch with new PCs.
• Other branches deployed ThinManager Ready thin clients.
• Duplicate success of thin clients to branch with ThinManager’s WinTMC to protect PC investment.
A worldwide manufacturing company started to standardize on ThinManager and installed thin clients at four of their locations.
Another location had just deployed PCs throughout their plant, but once they saw how well the ThinManager Ready thin clients worked and how much money it saved, they wanted to switch to ThinManager.[...]
• IT maintaining and updating 100+ PCs on a weekly basis.
• Deployed thin clients and ThinManager’s WinTMC to existing PCs.
• IT can now manage and update the servers that deliver the application.
The IT department of a medical company had to patch and update over 100 PCs, usually every week, to deliver the latest version of Microsoft Office.
They switched to ThinManager and were able to move most of the users to ThinManager Ready thin clients. This allowed them to support and maintain two Office Suite terminal servers instead of 60 PCs.[...]
• User interface needed underground in dusty, harsh environment.
• Servers installed at ground-level in controlled rooms.
• Thin clients deployed in the mine.
• IT maintains and monitors from the ground-level.
One of the shafts in this mine extends over a mile into the earth into an extremely dusty environment that is particularly hostile to computers. A PC failure meant an hour delay while a replacement is brought down from the surface. The only alternative was to setup a computer shop manned by IT underground. Neither alternative was acceptable.[...]
Just last month we announced the March release of ThinManager 4.1 that will include Virtualization management tools and a brand new iPhone app.
This month we are proud to announce the June release of ThinManager 5.0 XLi!
This version of ThinManager will be able to boot thin clients from a wide range of vendors like HP, Wyse, Lenovo and many others. You can check our compatibility list to see what thin clients already work. If you don’t see your model just fill out the MyThinClient form at thinmanager.com and we’ll test your model to see if it will work with the new ThinManager XLi![...]
• IT and production are in separate facilities.
• IT was losing valuable resources while traveling to other sites for maintenance.
• ThinManager Remote Administration allows IT to control and manage a remote site from one location.
Many companies have one IT department that covers a number of locations requiring the IT staff to make regular visits to the other plants for maintenance and repair.
Using standard ThinManager utilities this same staff has access to all remote sites allowing the IT staff to manage them from a central location. They can even shadow sessions and view process and load statistics.[...]