Rockwell Automation’s New Thin Client Management Software Supports 11 Languages in 12 Countries

By Craig Resnick

Company and Product News

Rockwell Automation introduced its new ThinManager version 11.0 software, which is capable of supporting 11 local languages in 12 countries.  The software is designed to help make it easier for global organizations to configure, deploy and manage thin client devices in their operations using their native language and character sets.  The software is suited for global industrial companies who use thin clients in place of industrial PCs to help more easily realize productivity and cost-saving benefits.

The new ThinManager version 11.0 software is designed to deliver production information from any FactoryTalk application to operators wherever they are located in a facility.  Operators can customize the way this information is delivered to fixed or mobile devices, users or locations.

The new local-language support in the software allows users to input data, such as passwords, using their native language and character sets. Version 11.0 adds support for non-English keyboards and the ability to configure the software’s on-screen keyboard in non-English languages.  More localized support features will be added in future software releases.

In addition, with version 11.0, operators will have additional ways to customize and view information that can help to improve their productivity.  For example, at fixed terminals, operators can now build a full control room view using a single thin client with the ThinManager software’s expanded MultiMonitor feature.  The feature supports up to seven monitors on a single terminal.  This creates an easier way to expand control room visualization without purchasing, configuring and managing multiple thin client devices.  It also includes support for the new Allen-Bradley VersaView 5200 thin clients, which provides up to seven video outputs with 4K resolution.

With this software, operators can also view multiple content sources on one mobile device screen. This can help operators to keep an eye on multiple aspects of production and further maximize productivity while outside of the control room.  For example, a supervisor could see alarm, camera and productivity applications all on one screen.  And as users walk the plant floor, the ThinManager software’s Relevance feature can refresh the content based on their location.

In addition this new software, there is a new FactoryTalk Activation licensing option that allows an unlimited number of FactoryTalk View SE software sessions to be delivered to a terminal with one client license, enabling users to access the information they need without session limits or extra costs. Traditional master licensing will remain as an option.

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