Industrial PCs aim to improve visualisation reliability and security

06 December 2020

Rockwell Automation has released new industrial PCs and software designed 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 VersaView 6300 PC and thin clients combine with FactoryTalk View human-machine interface (HMI) software and ThinManager thin-client management software to provide a complete visualisation system. 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. 

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 reduce costs and extend the life of the PC.

Cybersecurity can be enhanced with the 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 headaches, costs, and mean-time-to-repair that typically come from working with multiple vendors for support issues. 

VersaView 6300 industrial PCs include Windows 10 IoT Enterprise 2019 LTSC, the latest Microsoft Windows 10 IoT enterprise version. Ethernet ports are also gigabit ports to handle high volume network traffic.

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