Industrial workers can get better access to information with Rockwell Automation’s ThinManager v10.0 software platform.
New visualization, mobility and security features can help operators and technicians produce more with less downtime using the Rockwell Automation software portfolio and industrial-grade thin clients.
With a new virtual-screening capability, users can customize 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 most relevant to their job. New support for wearable technology can also revolutionize how workers access information. In one case, a maintenance technician could diagnose and troubleshoot a machine just by looking at it through a Microsoft HoloLens mixed-reality headset.
“The software can visualize 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,” said Tom Jordan, marketing lead, ThinManager, Rockwell Automation.
The updated software introduces authentication pass-through to help improve productivity. In the past, users had to log in to ThinManager and other software applications separately, adding time onto costly operations. Now the software can natively pass users’ credentials to supported HMI products like FactoryTalk View Site Edition.
Improved authentication features reduce operator maintenance and improve security by simplifying the management of all devices and users. Version 10.0 allows 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.