HMIs: Thin client milestone; new box-form industrial PC
Advantech celebrates 10 years of ThinManager partnership; introduces box PC hardware.
This year, the Industrial Automation Group of Advantech and the industrial thin client management company ACP (creator of ThinManager) celebrate 10 years of partnership producing thin clients. Every Advantech ThinManager ready thin client offers benefits such as automatic configuration, redundancy, failover, load balancing, and the ability to display multiple user sessions on a single
One of the latest offerings, the fanless Advantech C-UNO-1150-ACP, is a diskless DIN-rail mount embedded thin client computer with a cable-less design featuring dual LAN, 1600 x 1200 resolution at128 bit color and support for 16:9 resolutions. It also has three RS-232 ports, two USB ports, UL certification, and audio.
ThinManager gives system administrators the ability to configure and monitor every thin client and Microsoft terminal server throughout the entire company with a single management tool, and provides support for configuration and calibration of all Advantech’s monitors and touch screens. With specs ranging from a 400 MHz GX-2 CPU and 256 MB RAM to a 1 GHz Celeron M processor with 512 MB RAM, the Advantech ThinManager ready thin clients are appropriate for low power consumption in tight enclosures.
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Separately, Advantech announced the ARK-3420, a fanless industrial computer that supports Intel Core2 Duo processors and has the Intel GME965 chipset built in. Featuring powerful processing coupled with powerful display capability, PCI/PCIe expansion and dual SATA HDD support, the ARK-3420 is appropriate for applications including image processing and automatic optical inspection (AOI), as well as general automation and embedded control.
All ARK-3420 electronics are protected in a ruggedly compact, sealed aluminum case that provides shock, vibration, and dust resistance. With a footprint of only 220 mm x 102.5 mm x 200 mm (8.66 x 4.04 x 7.87 in.), it is suitable for space-limited applications, and fits in easily either as a stand-alone wall- or desk-mount unit, or it can be embedded within another housing.
The Intel GME965 chipset provides crisp graphics and a rich visual experience with Intel Clear Video technology. For storage options, two 2.5” SATA HDDs (huge capacity) and one CompactFlash card are supported.
Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.