Industrial Computer Hardware


Rockwell Automation expands visualisation offering

February 2021 Industrial Computer Hardware

Rockwell Automation has released new industrial PCs and software to improve the reliability and security of visualisation applications. Visualisation systems are often among the most expensive plant floor systems to maintain, and are a common target for unauthorised users looking to access control system assets and intellectual property.

The new industrial Allen-Bradley VersaView 6300 PCs and thin clients combine with FactoryTalk HMI software and ThinManager thin-client management software to create a complete visualisation system. Thin clients are computers connected remotely to a server storing applications, rather than using a local hard drive. For mission critical applications, users can deploy ThinManager redundancy or a VersaView 6300 PC running local and remote applications to help ensure reliability if server communications are lost.

In addition, unlike most industrial PCs, each model in the VersaView 6300 family is individually designed to minimise or remove frequent points of failure like fans and connectors, helping to reduce costs and extend the life of the PC.

Customers can enhance cybersecurity when they use the new industrial PCs with ThinManager software. Multiple PCs with locally stored applications spread across a plant floor can increase the attack surface and security risks. ThinManager software allows applications to run and be maintained from a central and secure location.

Additionally, when users acquire both the visualisation hardware and software from one source, support is simplified. This can reduce the cost and mean time to repair that typically come from working with multiple vendors for support issues. Users can also save money by taking advantage of the flexible content delivery methods and simplified licensing that are available from a Rockwell Automation-based system.

The new Allen-Bradley VersaView 6300B box PCs and thin clients deliver dependable performance and are available in multiple options to match user application needs. They include Windows 10 IoT Enterprise 2019 LTSC, the latest Microsoft Windows 10 IoT Enterprise version, while Ethernet ports are gigabit to handle high-volume network traffic.


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