ACP releases ThinManager version 6.0 at Atlanta event April 16-18, 2012

Alpharetta, Georgia – February 6, 2012

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’s New International Partners

ACP World Map

The last few months have been very busy for the ACP International team. The period between March and May has seen four new distributors begin working with ACP to promote and support ThinManager solutions in over a dozen countries.

We’d like to welcome the following new distributors to the ACP family!

  • Klinkmann Automation (Wonderware Finland)

Wonderware Finland (Klinkmann Automation) is already a familiar name to many of our customers who do business in Eastern Europe and Scandinavia. Wonderware Finland will represent ACP not only in Finland, but as Wonderware Russia they will be able to provide much needed support and sales to a large clientele base in the former Soviet Union. As Klinkmann, they also have offices and will represent ACP in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Ukraine. During their current Russian roadshow, Klinkmann have been showing the benefits of ThinManager to interested clients in all major cities. [...]

ACP Releases ThinManager 4.1

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.

  • Virtualization
    Manage virtual terminal servers and virtual desktops.
  • 64-Bit Processing
  • 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.

Click this link to Download a Demo Version…

Old School for New Technology

Jordan Engineering Builds a ThinManager Thin Client Solution “One Brick at a Time” for Canadian Precious Metals Company

There just aren’t many companies that run their businesses on old school principles. Regular face time with customers, doing a job right the first time, and giving back to the people around them to name a few. Jordan Engineering does all this and more. Giving indeed seems to be the secret ingredient for this integration company’s success.

CEO and founder, Sandra Murre has always worked hard to build success. Sandra and Jordan engineering share that success with their employees, their customers and the world around them. The profits from the business get split into thirds; one third is returned to the employees through profit-sharing, one third goes back into the business to improve customer service, fund growth and business performance and yet another third goes to charity. [...]

Automation Control Products, ThinManager Move To A New Office

Alpharetta, Georgia, October 5, 2010 

Automation Control Products and it’s flagship software, ThinManager, have moved to a new space that allows for exponential growth in the coming years. The new office has expanded many areas that make ACP’s ThinManager the elite terminal server management and thin client software, such as a state-of-the-art Tech Support Lab, Webinar Room, Marketing & Education Departments and our award-winning support staff.

Tech Support Lab
With the new space comes a 400 square foot Tech Support Lab. This lab is designated to work on specific issues that our users face while integrating the software into their applications. Equipped will terminal servers, thin clients and ThinManager, ACP’s support staff will help tackle any issues that arise.

Webinar Room
ACP Education & Marketing personnel will man the Webinar Room. Each week, ACP’s Todd Garmon will conduct an overview and demo of the software. Director of Education, Paul Burns, will also give introduction and training webinars.  The webinar room is equipped with a MultiMonitor setup, a terminal server, thin clients and several IP cameras. Click here to view upcoming webinars.

Marketing & Education Departments
ACP understands the importance of solid marketing techniques and education should work side-by-side. With that philosophy in mind, our new office has expanded these departments and will continue the effort to make ThinManager a regular B2B name in the industry. Along with Paul Burns, VP of Marketing Tom Jordan is ramping up the marketing side by hiring new talent to help in the effort.

ACP Expands ThinManager Distributor Channel

AutomaTech, Control Dynamics, Industrial Network Systems and McNaughton-McKay now offering ThinManager and ThinManager Ready Thin Clients

Alpharetta, Georgia, June 10, 2010 – Automation Control Products is proud to announce the recent signing of new partners to its nationwide distributor sales channel. These companies’ commitment to their customers and their understanding of rapidly changing technology make each one of them a great fit with ACP’s ThinManager and its focus on building the most robust industrial software platform for the modern plant floor.

In addition to selling ACP’s Thin Client management software ThinManager, each of these distributors will also be selling ThinManager Ready hardware from ACP’s existing hardware partners. [...]

So What is a Thin Client?

As best I can tell, Tim Negris is the man who coined the term Thin Client when he was with Oracle. It originally described scaled down applications that ran in conjunction with a full version of an application that was loaded on a server.

When Windows OS versions that allowed multiple users came on the scene, one of the first hardware companies to start selling client hardware was Wyse with the introduction of their WinTerm in 1995. This made sense – Wyse was already a huge seller of “dumb” terminals for mainframes and providing a Windows Terminal was logical. [...]

Building a Thin Client System

Question: We would like to put together a Thin Client system that will have a total of seven Thin Clients. While some of these clients will be standard Thin Client hardware, we would also like to use some of our PCs as clients as well. We also need to allow for some spare capacity for the future.

Can you please specify the hardware and software (ACP and Microsoft) requirements for a reliable system?

Answer: There are multiple ways to build this system. I will start by specifying the basic system (the minimum required) and then work up to a system with redundancy that will guarantee uninterrupted operation in almost every case. Each system will have the following four parts – the Thin Clients, the hosting Windows Terminal Server, the Microsoft software and the ACP software. [...]

Total Cost of Ownership

A Thin Client computer runs what looks like a full Windows NT 4.0 operating system on each Client installed in a factory. This is accomplished by having a powerful server running a version of Microsoft’s NT 4.0 designed for Thin Clients, NT Terminal Server 4.0. This version of Windows allows multiple users to log in and establish a full Windows session running on the server. Each user gets a dedicated share of memory, some slices of CPU time, and access to the server’s disks and applications. [...]

ThinManager Version History

Since its introduction in 1999 ThinManager has undergone a number of improvements. But the most significant changes have come with the latest releases.

Here is a look at the most important features added and enhanced since ThinManager 2.3.

Introduced in ThinManager 2.4

  • Configuration Wizards – Perform most of the configuration through computer directed wizards and walk through any number of complex configuration tasks without the fear of missing an important step.
  • New Tree view of Terminal Servers and connected clients – See exactly which Windows Terminal Server is hosting each Thin Client. As clients log off one server and on to another, or in the event of a primary server failure and the automatic switching of all its connected clients to a backup server, the new tree will enable identification of all the server to client relationships.
  • Multiple monitoring connections to redundant ThinManager Servers – Provided the ability to run the ThinManager software on multiple machines. Load and start ThinManager wherever you need to be able to keep up with the system status.
  • Support for new Hardware – Added a number of new industrial ThinManager Ready Thin Clients.
  • ThinManager Configuration Import and Export – Multiple ThinManager Servers can work together by allowing for the export and import of the configuration of all managed Thin Clients. Along with this comes the ability to backup and restore ThinManager configurations.
  • Assign names to Servers – Even users who are not using a network with DNS can assign names to the ThinManager Servers and Terminal Servers on the network.
  • Create lists of available ThinManager Servers and Terminal Servers – Easy and automatic creation of server lists to cut down on confusion during initial system configuration and updates.
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