Bryan Harned and Amy Carter discuss some ThinManager stories and customer successes and why ThinManager’s robust feature set is needed for your automation install.
Global industrial and IoT computer hardware manufacturer, Logic Supply (www.logicsupply.com), has updated their line of thin client computer hardware to include the latest generation of Intel® processors.
These new systems allow Logic Supply thin client users to leverage the improved performance and multitasking capabilities provided by Intel’s latest Apollo Lake and Coffee Lake CPUs while lowering total cost of ownership with longer hardware life cycles.
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ThinManager 10 is full of new features to make life easier from the administrator to the end user. This version puts a focus on security and productivity and we are ready to tell about some of these exciting new features. Let’s take a look at what’s new.
Authentication Passthrough (productivity)
A successful login into a ThinManager terminal will now pass a security token into FactoryTalk Security, and any running session(s) of FactoryTalk View SE on that terminal will automatically take that security token to log in the associated user. For instance, if you have multiple sessions being delivered to a terminal in a control room environment, this will dramatically simplify the login process.
Previously, a user would have to manually login to each session of View SE—now this is done one time using a Relevance User in ThinManager. This feature improves both Security and Productivity.
WinTMC updated (productivity)
The new WinTMC client adds support for Virtual Screens, Tiling and IP Cameras – this will make WinTMC the first of our mobile clients to support these features. This allows users of a mobile Windows 10 device to maintain a control room view while on the move.
Password Caching and PIN Authentication (security)
Users can now use Password Caching to simplify mobility with in their work shift. A password authentication at the beginning of their shift will be cached to allow the user to move from terminal to terminal with only a simple badge scan, thumb scan or entered PIN without having to re-enter a password. The cache time out is set by the ThinManager administrator.
uTMC and Hololens (visualization)
ThinManager now supports the Microsoft Hololens with the uTMC client application. With added support for QR Codes, Bluetooth Beacons and Location Based content delivery; the support of the Hololens is now a reality and a truly ground breaking way to deliver essential content while keeping hands free to work was needed.
With ThinManager 10, bluetooth enabled devices can now be used as a beacon for authentication. In addition, Version 10 leverages technology from Cisco’s HyperLocation with wifi and BeaconPoint with bluetooth to greatly improve indoor location resolving.
These are just some of the features that make ThinManager 10 the essential piece to the Connected Enterprise and today’s modern production environment. ThinManager 10 continues to build on the ThinManager Platform, the world leader in thin client management & industrial mobility solutions.
Rockwell Automation Acquires Automation Control Products to Deliver Simple and Secure Centralized Visualization and Mobility Solutions
September 12, 2016
MILWAUKEE–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Rockwell Automation (NYSE: ROK) today acquired Automation Control Products (ACP), a leading provider in centralized thin client, remote desktop and server management software. ACP’s two core products, ThinManager® and Relevance®, provide manufacturing and industrial leaders with visual display and software solutions to manage information and streamline workflows for a more connected manufacturing environment.
This acquisition supports the Rockwell Automation growth strategy to help customers increase global competitiveness through The Connected Enterprise – a vision that connects information across the plant floor to the rest of the enterprise. It is accelerated by the Industrial Internet of Things and advances in technologies, such as data analytics, remote monitoring, and mobility.
“Today’s plant engineers turn to our technology innovation and domain expertise to help improve their manufacturing quality and reliability while increasing productivity,” said Frank Kulaszewicz, senior vice president of Architecture and Software, Rockwell Automation. “With ACP’s industry-leading products now in our portfolio, we can provide new capabilities for workers as the manufacturing environment becomes more digital and connected.”
ThinManager centralizes the management and visualization of content to every facet of a modern manufacturing operation, from the control room to the end user. It streamlines workflows and allows users to reduce hardware operation and maintenance costs. Relevance extends the ThinManager functionality through proprietary location-based technology, enabling users’ secure mobile access to content and applications from anywhere.
“We are a perfect addition to Rockwell Automation’s industrial automation offerings that aim to increase reliability, productivity and security as well as lower energy and maintenance costs while implementing sustainable technology for leading global manufacturers,” said Matt Crandell, CEO of ACP. “We are confident that our customers will quickly see the value from our two organizations working to address their needs together.”
Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK), the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information, makes its customers more productive and the world more sustainable. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., Rockwell Automation employs approximately 22,000 people serving customers in more than 80 countries.
Prior to the acquisition, ACP was a leader in the automation industry, providing full-featured industrial thin client management and location-based mobility software. ACP is a privately-held company located in Alpharetta, GA with less than 30 employees. Its solutions are installed in 3,000 locations globally with more than 1,000 customers in 30 countries, including nearly 30 of the top 100 global manufacturers.
Source: Rockwell Automation, Inc.
Rockwell Automation, Inc.
April 25, 2016 marks the release of ThinManager Platform 9.
ThinManager is a software solution for automation networks that enable secure, centralized confi guration and deployment of applications and content to every PC, thin client, mobile device and user. ThinManager® increases safety and security through powerful visualization and authentication features allowing you to reduce your maintenance and downtime by simplifying the management of all devices and users.
You can also go mobile with ThinManager’s built-in mobility solution, Relevance®—the only location-based mobile management platform that allows applications and content to be securely delivered to specifi c locations within your facility and nowhere else.
Increase your productivity, visualization, mobility and security from one easy-to-use, centralized and scalable management platform.
New in ThinManager Platform 9
Support for 4k monitors
Support for new biometric hardware
Support for VNC connections
Firewall compatible TFTP
And much more!