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ThinManager in Life Sciences Using Industrial Remote Monitors

Posted by Lou Szabo on Fri, May 29, 2015

Our remote monitor thin clients come in a variety of sizes and flavors. The standard remote monitor (RM) is designed for easy startup and maintenance. The ACP ThinManager RM is designed for users with ThinManager as their thin client management tool.

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In life sciences, thin clients are typically located in controlled limited access locations such as class 100 clean rooms suitable for growing vaccine cultures. A typical user will be gowned to enter hallways, add a second outfit for entering process rooms, and a third gown for entering clean rooms. Contamination containment or elimination is the key to success in these environments.

When you introduce a new software release, new recipes, or procedures, these are typically executed at the server. The operators may not be aware of any change. More importantly, because process engineers aren’t required to make the changes in the laboratory suites, there is no chance of contamination.
A consumer-grade thin client in a small restricted space, such as a workstation, will have a significantly reduced mean time between failures (MTBF) due to overheating/stressing of components. This sort of downtime leads to millions of dollars of lost profit for a spoiled batch of active ingredient.

Pepperl+Fuchs thin clients are industrial grade. The last generation, which runs on an Intel Atom N270 processor, was available for eight years. This industrial-grade architecture has led to zero (0) failures for thousands of units over the past eight years. How’s that for longevity and reliability?  Our newest thin client is based on the latest Intel Bay Trail dual-core embedded architecture.

In the event of a failure, the ThinManager host makes replacement easy. Our Edge and Aseptic units are designed for a 10 minute mean time to repair (MTTR), and the ThinManager software simplifies that rapid turnaround. Additionally, these thin client solutions are rated for Division 2, so we can provide a clean, purgeless solution for these clean, positively pressurized suites.

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Topics: Industrial Monitors/ HMI

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