Today, October 2nd, 2015, is Manufacturing Day. Manufacturing Day℠ is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. This is an exciting opportunity as many manufacturers are opening their doors to the public today to offer tours and to show just how the manufacturing process works for them.
As a “tip of the cap” to all those in this great industry, we have put together a video about ThinManager in a sit down interview with ACP’s CEO, Matt Crandell, asking where it all started, and where it is going. ThinManager is the global leader in thin client management and industrial mobility. Without our partners and customers in the manufacturing industry, we simply would not be where we are today.[...]
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.[...]