Rockwell Automation has introduced a series of servers and workstations that help engineers more efficiently build a process automation system. With pre-installed software and a pre-configured operating system, the new visualization servers and operator workstations for the Rockwell Automation PlantPAx Process Automation System are said to significantly reduce the time and costs associated with specifying, procuring and installing system hardware and software.
Comprehensive documentation is provided to walk users through system start-up, helping to minimize the time from initial hardware installation to a running solution. The workstation's consolidated activation scheme simultaneously enables the necessary capabilities, providing additional time savings.
The workstations and servers are also pre-engineered and tested together as a system to help ensure process performance requirements are met. This step helps reduce errors, such as installing or configuring software in the wrong order or using inappropriately sized hardware. Furthermore, the new offerings are industrially hardened, helping reduce concerns over using off-the-shelf computers in harsh process environments where shock, vibration and humidity are common.
Available for shipping in now, the initial offering includes two process application system servers that can be used to host human interface displays and consolidate data access, and one operator workstation, which serves as the window to the process.
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