Real World ThinManager | Part 2

Chemical Plant

PROBLEM:

• Outmoded paper strip charts were a hassle and did not give instant real-time trending.

SOLUTION:
• Replaced strip charts with thin clients.
• Collected I/O in SQL server and backed up and archived.
• Archive gave operators the ability to see trending patterns in a more efficient manner.

Emission monitoring charts are critical to pollution control. Before their thin client installation this company captured this data on paper strip charts printed on machines that require oiling, inking, and paper refills.

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ACP ThinManager Advantages

Configuration

Centralized management No local configuration or operating system on thin client (zero client) Redundant ThinManager Servers Auto-synchronization between ThinManager Servers Management of terminal servers from ThinManager Terminal shadowing from within ThinManager Terminal-to-terminal shadowing Unlimited licensing plans

Hardware

True industrial hardware Single-click replacement MultiMonitor hardware with single monitor sessions or spanned sessions Share Keyboard & Mouse to control multiple thin clients WinTMC for PC conversion Redundant Ethernet ports Modular touch screen support and ease of calibration Special keyboard handling (ability to block key combinations (CTL+ALT+DEL, Alt-F4, etc, force caps lock to be always off, etc)

Applications

AppLink for controlled application deployment MultiSession for multiple AppLink applications Tiling of sessions for thumbnail display IP Camera integration TermMon ActiveX for tight application integration Failover to multiple terminal servers Instant Failover of applications

ThinManager Helps You Avoid the Stuxnet Virus

There is a new villain in the computer virus world and it is from the Stuxnet family of malware.  The Stuxnet attack exploits a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows software, WinCCConnect, which is an integral component of the distributed control and SCADA systems that facilitate production operations in many process-manufacturing companies. The vulnerability would allow the virus to extract process data and possibly HMI screens.

The director and chief economist of the independent watchdog The US Cyber Consequences Unit Scott Borg says “Either the attacker is planning on stealing very valuable information or they are going to use this access to the control system to do bad things.” The virus’s purpose seems to be what can only be termed as industrial espionage as attackers could steal information on how plants are run to possibly extort money or influence manufacturers by taking away the competitive edge with the information obtained.

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Top 10 Advantages to Using ThinManager

We all know that ThinManager is great, but do you know all the ways ThinManager can help you?  Here are the top 10 advantages of using ThinManager:

1.  Security: ThinManager knows the best security is not letting the problem close enough to be an issue, so we’ve created a secure environment. Terminal Servers can be secured away from public access, USB ports are closed by default and there are no CD or floppy drives to compromise security.  With TermSecure™ we added a second level of security with features like having users access and privileges controlled by administrator, an Auto-login option, and a key blocking module.

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You’re Hired! How WinTMC Can Work for You

Imagine having the power to turn a PC work station into an easy to manage secure terminal in any industrial situation. Now imagine that work station being a simple and reliable system with increased functionality paired with decreased ownership cost. Your imagination is here.

With the addition of WinTMC, ThinManager provides a complete solution for organizations that need to use PCs as part of their terminal server network. For many network administrators, WinTMC may be the missing piece to help their network be more cost effective, productive and easier to manage.

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