Rockwell launches ThinManager software to improve worker productivity

ThinmanagerUpdated thin client software gives workers better access to production information with improved visualisation and mobility. (Image source: Lindsey G/Flickr)Rockwell Automation has introduced new ThinManager v10.0 software platform, aiming to provide better access to information to the industrial workers

According to the company, the new visualisation, mobility and security features in the software platform aim to help operators and technicians produce more with less downtime.

“ThinManager software is helping industrial companies build their Connected Enterprise environments through improved visualisation and mobility,” said Tom Jordan, marketing lead, ThinManager, Rockwell Automation. “The software can visualise data and disperse content to any combination of device, user or location within an industrial facility. This ability can provide greater insight into and management of a user’s operations.”

“With a new virtual-screening capability, users can customise how they see applications and data from multiple sources, all without rewriting a single line of code. This capability can help them view the information that is most relevant to their job. New support for wearable technology can also revolutionise how workers access information. For example, a maintenance technician could diagnose and troubleshoot a machine just by looking at it through a Microsoft HoloLens mixed-reality headset,” said Rockwell.

The updated software introduces authentication pass-through to help improve productivity. Improved authentication features reduce operator maintenance and improve security by simplifying the management of all devices and users. Version 10.0 aims to allow operators to configure multiple forms of authentication such as RFID badges and biometrics. New password-caching capabilities allow administrators to configure time periods for PIN authentication during a shift.

With its built-in mobility solution, Relevance, the platform delivers supported software components directly to mobile devices at specific locations within a facility. Relevance uses location resolvers such as Bluetooth beacons and Wi-Fi so mobile users and devices can only receive content in authorised areas.

ThinManager is applicable across many industrial vertical markets such as food and beverage, water and wastewater.

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