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AIS Next Generation Low Cost ARM-Based HMI Thin Client for Industrial Automation and Process Control Applications

American Industrial Systems Inc. (AIS), is an ISO 9001:2008 certified supplier and manufacturer of low cost open-based thin client touchscreen terminals that support real time data visualization using a web browser for real time data monitoring, running on Windows Embedded CE 6.0 professional operating system. These open thin client touchscreen terminals are client based visualization and control systems that enable visualizing operations, and deliver reliable information to higher-level analytic applications. The thin client HMI system conforms to UL508, CSA, and CE, for use in industrial environments. The AIS industrial thin client HMI terminals are designed with low power consumption, rich I/O portfolio, ruggedized front bezel, IP65 protection class rating and high shock and vibration resistance components engineered to withstand harsh factory and environmental conditions. The 4.3, 7, 10 and 15-inch HMI thin clients are value products and cost effective choices especially for limited budget situations.

Network Efficiency and Web Browser

AIS’ Industrial HMI thin clients easily integrate into existing Ethernet and TCP/ IP installations which engineers use in monitoring and controlling mission critical processes, thereby allowing operators to see desktop quality graphics and real time updates of processes in a web browser from anywhere in the world. By gaining timely access to key performance indicators (KPIs), decision makers are able to make business decisions from real time information. Information convergence between manufacturing and business systems within an enterprise allows greater business agility and opportunities for innovation.

Enterprise Connectivity, SWaP and C4I

AIS industrial HMI thin clients powered by Microsoft Windows Embedded CE 6.0 Professional operating system promote economic deployment of HMI solutions in manufacturing environments. Industrial HMI thin clients feature visual computing interfaces with the performance and reliability for industrial automation and control systems. The dynamic visualization of AIS HMI thin clients also provide stable real time operating system support, increased processing performance and a wide range of network and communication interfaces, along with reduced size, weight and power (SWaP), enhanced Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence (C4I)design.

Partners Ecosystem Pre-tested Hardware and Software

AIS’ easy to use open based thin clients HMI terminals have been pre-tested and pre-configured for high availability, high performance, manageability, and security appropriate for workload running on complete supervisory control, process monitoring and operator interface software.

  • Wonderware InTouch Compact Edition: Wonderware InTouch HMI graphic visualization software is now widely available on the Windows CE device of your choice. Wonderware InTouch Compact Edition software has the ability to connect to multiple IO drivers simultaneously. The numbers of IO driver connections vary with the tag size where smaller tag sizes enable one IO driver and higher tag sizes enable up to three IO drivers.
  • InduSoft CEView: InduSoft CEView is based on InduSoft’s full scale Windows based supervisory control and monitoring system. CEView has almost all of the same features, including an object oriented database, math functions, report generation, archiving, alarms, batch recipes, and interfaces for PLCs, remote I/O and TCP/IP networking. In other words, CEView is a full function supervisory control and monitoring system that fits in the palm of your hand or can be embedded in the chip set of a low cost operator interface.
  • Avnet Electronics Marketing: Avnet is your quickest and most efficient source for AIS products in the channel. AIS will work closely with Avnet in ensuring that you have the best possible price and service. The AIS operator interface computers are fully tested, certified, and ready to go out of the box with pre-installed InduSoft CEView software.

About American Industrial Systems, Inc.

AIS is a leading global designer and manufacturer of specialty military embedded computing, industrial panel pc and industrial display solutions for customers in the Government, Aerospace, and Defense, Building Automation, Chemical and Petrochemical, Food and Beverage, Oil and Gas, Packaging, Pharmaceuticals, Pulp and Paper, Solar Power, Utilities, Water and Waste Water, Wind Power markets. AIS specialize in designing and manufacturing cost-effective LCD and embedded computing products for the industrial market, as well as ODM/OEM applications worldwide. Whether your vision involves off-the-shelf displays or highly customized embedded computing solutions, AIS can supply the experience, technology, and resources needed in building it right and getting you to market first. For additional information on AIS products and services, please call AIS toll-free at (888) 485-6688 or visit: www.aispro.com.

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