Rockwell Automation Launches New Line of Open Architecture Industrial Computers and Thin Clients

By Craig Resnick

Company and Product News

Rockwell Automation released its new family of Allen-Bradley VersaView 5000 industrial computers, thin clients and monitors, designed to help manufacturers who have human machine interface (HMI) applications with obsolete operating systems to modernize their standalone or distributed HMI applications to support smart manufacturing.

The VersaView 5000 portfolio, part of the Rockwell Automation compute offerings, includes five products: VersaView 5400 display and non-display computers; VersaView 5200 display and non-display thin clients; and VersaView 5100 monitors. The display options include an edge-to-edge glass display, a new 22-inch widescreen option, full HD and 10-point multi-touch capabilities to help improve operator productivity.

When combined with FactoryTalk View Site Edition software from Rockwell Automation in distributed applications, the VersaView 5400 industrial computers can provide a more cost-effective compliance with 21 CFR Part 11. The software stores, processes, and transmits electronic records and signatures to show which employees have made changes. This is critical for highly regulated industries, such as life sciences.

The VersaView 5200 thin clients, a first from Rockwell Automation, are designed to be thin client hardware for use with the company’s ThinManager software. The software centrally manages content and visualization for many aspects of modern industrial operations. It can help reduce downtime and maintenance by simplifying the management of devices and users. And, its location-based Relevance technology from Rockwell Automation can deliver the desired content to the appropriate worker at the correct time and place.

When used with the ThinManager software, the VersaView 5200 thin clients can start receiving information as soon as they are plugged in. Device configuration is not needed, helping to provide faster device replacement. Because information is stored on a server instead of locally, sensitive information is less likely to be lost if a device goes missing. The ThinManager software also provides multifactor user authentication, including biometric authentication using fingerprint scanning.

In addition to the new 22-inch screen size, the VersaView 5000 portfolio includes 12-inch, 15-inch and 19-inch widescreen options. All screens have 10-point multi-touch capabilities.

The VersaView 5000 portfolio is designed to help reduce maintenance needs. It uses a supercapacitor, which helps to mitigate the need to replace batteries and helps to simplify air shipment logistics. In addition, an edge-to-edge, all-glass touchscreen helps to reduce cleaning efforts by eliminating the residue buildup that can occur on traditional systems.

Keywords: Visualization, Smart Manufacturing, Human Machine Interface (HMI), Industrial Computers, Thin Clients, Edge-To-Edge Glass Display, Location-Based, ARC Advisory Group.

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