Pepperl+Fuchs launches industrial thin client for virtualized HMI systems

TWINSBURG, Ohio - Pepperl+Fuchs, a world leader in process automation and applications, launched a new compact industrial box thin client, the BTC12, featuring the state of the art RM Shell 5.0, the latest generation of thin client firmware for industrial-grade security and stability. 

The BTC12 is a compact industrial box thin client for use in harsh industrial environments. Its low profile and high operating temperature range offer installation flexibility for automation cabinets, drawers in production, and in control rooms. An Apollo Lake processor supports modern operator workstation setups with up to two monitors. The BTC12 has two DisplayPort connections for dual video output, supporting 4K (Ultra HD) resolution at 60Hz. It also supports D++ (allows connectivity to HDMI monitor via a passive DP-to-HDMI cable) and Multi-Stream Transport protocol (daisy chaining multiple monitors to one display port).

As an industrial-grade product, the BTC12 is built on an aluminium chassis with a fanless design. Pepperl+Fuchs has eliminated all internal moving parts, and has enabled a safe operating temperature range between -20° and 60° Celsius. The shock- and vibration-resistant thin client weighs less than 5 lbs. This small, compact box can be easily mounted to a wall, mounted inside a cabinet or operate on a desktop. 

"We have found that office-grade thin clients have a very high failure rate in industrial settings," said Kristen Barbour, marketing manager. "Our customers need a more robust modular unit that is reliable, easy to use and compatible with their existing equipment and software. The BTC12 is all that and more."   

Pepperl+Fuchs introduced the new VisuNet RM Shell 5.0 remote monitor embedded operating system earlier this year. This latest generation software offers significant enhancements through a simplified touch-screen optimized user interface, advanced security features and Windows 10 IOT Enterprise LTSB. While the BTC12 comes pre-loaded with RM Shell 5.0., all of Pepperl+Fuchs' VisuNet products are available with the new firmware.

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