ep1 The Plant » Tom Jordan
Bryan sits down with Tom Jordan, Marketing Lead at Rockwell Automation, to discuss how ThinManager was created, new thin client hardware and how mobility fits in the industrial space and marketplace.
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Happy Hour with the VersaView 5000
Rockwell Automation has just released its open-architecture industrial computers and it first line of thin client hardware (+ software) with the VersaView 5000 portfolio. Why is this important for you? Solutions Architect Vinod Anandarajah highlighs a few reasons in this episode:
1.) Flexible & Scalable Options – You can choose between Windows 7 and 10, screen sizes ranging from 12 to 21 inches, as well as integrated display and non-display computers.
2.) Improved Safety, Security, Productivity – With ThinManager’s content delivery management system, there is a software layer for these thin clients. You now have the ability to secure content based on the user, device, or location.
Cybertrol Uses ThinManager to Centralize Management, Reduce Downtime of Large Facility
Cybertrol Engineering has used ThinManager across numerous sites ranging from installations of less than five clients to more than 50. When setting up plants with the best possible solution, ThinManager is the go-to solution for managing thin clients. Here is an example of a large-scale facility that has benefited from the use of centralized technologies and uses ThinManager managed clients every day.
One of our customers has a plant that has been around for over 20 years, and they have seen the evolution of technology on the factory floor—from Windows NT 4 workstations and NT 4 servers to highly available datacenters and 50+ thin clients. From its humble beginnings as a small meal replacement beverage manufacturing operation to what has morphed into one of the largest ice cream manufacturing operations in the nation, the growth pace has been nothing short of astounding. In the midst of this ever-changing operational climate, they’ve also had to manage the never-ending evolution of technology and its impact on their ways of working.
Rockwell Automation acquired Automation Control Products (ACP)
Rockwell Automation Acquires Automation Control Products to Deliver Simple and Secure Centralized Visualization and Mobility SolutionsSeptember 12, 2016
MILWAUKEE–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Rockwell Automation (NYSE: ROK) today acquired Automation Control Products (ACP), a leading provider in centralized thin client, remote desktop and server management software. ACP’s two core products, ThinManager® and Relevance®, provide manufacturing and industrial leaders with visual display and software solutions to manage information and streamline workflows for a more connected manufacturing environment.
This acquisition supports the Rockwell Automation growth strategy to help customers increase global competitiveness through The Connected Enterprise – a vision that connects information across the plant floor to the rest of the enterprise. It is accelerated by the Industrial Internet of Things and advances in technologies, such as data analytics, remote monitoring, and mobility.
Dairy Farmers of America Reduces Downtime with Resilient Thin Client Tech
When you think of Dairy Farmers of America you probably think of milk. While you wouldn’t be wrong to have such a thought, milk processors do a lot more than you think with the raw milk that comes from the cow.
Dairy Farmers of America is a co-op owned by over 14,000 dairy farmers. With 2015 net sales over $13.8 billion you can see that dairy production is serious business. It’s more than milk though. This particular plant takes in over 160 trucks full of raw milk every day. The material skimmed from the raw milk is turned into milk powder that is used in all manner of food production.
New Bluetooth Proximity Beacon
Please note that ACP is no longer able to order and or stock the GELO.01 Bluetooth beacons.
Effective immediately, we will inventory and endorse a Bluetooth proximity beacon from a company called Radius Networks. Their ‘RadBeacon X4’ is a rugged, weatherproof (NEMA 4X), and temperature resistant beacon powered by four AA batteries (not included). Battery life has been extended to over 5 years. Both the transmit and interval levels are adjustable.
The RadBeacon X4 is a fully stand-alone Bluetooth Smart™ proximity beacon that supports iBeacon™, AltBeacon™, and Eddystone™ technology. The RadBeacon X4 is a rugged, weatherproof, and temperature-resistant proximity beacon powered by four AA batteries. It can be installed in any location, regardless of available power and provides proximity advertisements for mobile applications that are compatible with iBeacon, AltBeacon, and Eddystone standards, including xthe Physical Web™.
VIDEO: ThinManager 9 » New Features
Learn about all the new features in the latest release of ThinManager. We talk about Single Port TFTP, Terminal Server Grouping, Authenticated Email, SMS Messaging, USB Cameras, Virtual Screens, VNC Support and much more!
TECH|TIP » Virtual Screens
Layout custom-sized screens on a single monitor with ThinManager.
Virtual Screens are defined using the Display Client Configuration Wizard. It is launched by selecting the Display Client icon at the bottom of the ThinManager tree, right clicking on the Virtual Screen branch, and selecting Add Display Client.
For a step-by-step guide on how to add Virtual Screens to your ThinManager configuration, flip to page 166 in the ThinManager Version 9 User Guide.
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TECH|TIP » ThinManager Platform 9
April 25, 2016 marks the release of ThinManager Platform 9.
ThinManager is a software solution for automation networks that enable secure, centralized confi guration and deployment of applications and content to every PC, thin client, mobile device and user. ThinManager® increases safety and security through powerful visualization and authentication features allowing you to reduce your maintenance and downtime by simplifying the management of all devices and users.
You can also go mobile with ThinManager’s built-in mobility solution, Relevance®—the only location-based mobile management platform that allows applications and content to be securely delivered to specifi c locations within your facility and nowhere else.