Rockwell, ACP jointly introduce thin client

Alpharetta, GA—Rockwell Automation reports that it’s teamed with Automation Control Products (ACP) to introduce Allen-Bradley VersaView 200R, which they report is an industrial thin client with a 1-GHz processor.


Alpharetta, GA— Rockwell Automation reports that it’s teamed with Automation Control Products (ACP) to introduce what they report is an industrial thin client with a 1-GHz processor. This new device, Allen-Bradley VersaView 200R, is available as a ThinManager-ready thin client to give users of ACP's ThinManager software an Allen-Bradley option when they select Thin Client hardware.

VersaView 200R accepts 90 to 264 V ac with no external power supply, and is a drop-in replacement for any other ACP-enabled thin client. No embedded OS means no configuration is necessary, and that the unit never needs to be re-flashed. As a result, ThinManager-ready VersaView reportedly will outperform other devices, and, unlike a PC, will keep pace with system demands for years.

In addition, VersaView 200R can run factory operations from small visual interfaces and maintenance applications to large control and information applications. Its small form factor provides a compact way to view drawings, monitor production, review manuals, or deploy RSView software across the floor, factory, or throughout an entire corporation with ACP's Global Enterprise licenses.

ACP's ThinManager reportedly allows management of a whole factory of VersaView thin clients and Microsoft terminal servers from any location, and provides client failover and redundancy, terminal server load balancing and grouping, and application publishing. One VersaView thin client can simultaneously control up to 20 terminal server sessions by switching between them using a pull-down menu.

VersaView thin client installs almost anywhere, displaying maintenance and production information in minutes without the setup required when deploying standard PCs. Installation time is reduced, and the centralized computing model cuts operating and replacement expenses.

The unit includes a serial port, PS/2 port for keyboard or mouse, parallel port, a 10/100 Ethernet port, VGA port, two USB ports for local storage, if desired, and an audio line out. Operating temperature ranges from 0 to 50

Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Jim Montague, news editor

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