SIMATIC Thin Clients

Proven terminal devices with 4:3 aspect ratio displays 

SIMATIC Thin Clients are 10 or 15 inch touch operated terminal devices for combination with a host (e.g. SIMATIC Panel PC or a server).
The 15 inch variant is also available as a fully enclosed HMI device with IP65 protection rating all around.


  • Low total cost of ownership

  • Easy commissioning

  • High degree of endurance

  • No restrictions regarding the maximum distance to the server

Design and functions

SIMATIC Thin Clients are low-cost operator stations with 4:3 aspect ratio displays that can be used in large plants in addition to SIMATIC Panels or Panel PCs. As remote operator terminals, they also allow for the use of SCADA, office or IT functionalities directly on site at the machine in addition to HMI connection.

SIMATIC Thin Clients are operated using a touch screen or via an external keyboard or mouse connected to the USB interface. SIMATIC Thin Clients always communicate with a host (SIMATIC Panel, IPC or server) via WinCC flexible option SmartAccess (screen copy of panel on the client) or the Microsoft standard RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol), and therefore do not require installation, licenses or additional software on the unit itself.
Large distances from the host can be covered over Ethernet at a low price. SIMATIC Thin Clients require only one IP address. Local software installation or configuring are not required. The display and user interface are provided by the host. Therefore the client also does not have to implement backup, restore, or update actions. The total costs of ownership are correspondingly low.
As remote operator terminal without hard disk and fan, the device can be operated on machines with particularly high mechanical ruggedness requirements (e.g. vibration resistance). The 15 " PRO variant with IP 65 protection can also be mounted on support arms and pedestals.
HMI applications such as WinCC as well as office applications such as MS Excel or SAP can be operated direct at the SIMATIC Thin Client on the machine on site over the RDP connection. Unlike with Microsoft CE Office Viewers, the data can be written. RDP is a standard protocol that is supported by all Windows operating systems.
SIMATIC Thin Clients can be integrated in PROFINET/Ethernet networks. Alternatively, a point-to-point connection to the host is possible using Ethernet cables. Distances of up to 100 m (even more with switches) can be bridged. This is considerably more than with conventional monitors connected over USB/DVI.

Starting with firmware version 1.4 (see link on the right) communication possibilities have been expanded

  • Support of Virtual Network Computing (VNC) for Remote operation of PCs in "Clone mode"

  • Connection to SINUMERIK PCUs/NCUs for operating CNC Controllers

  • Terminal application as Citrix ICA client for access e.g. to production data

Technical data


Thin client 10 "

Thin client 15 "/15" PRO


10.4 inch TFT Display ,
64 K colors

15.1 inch TFT Display ,
64 K colors


640 x 480 pixels

1024 x 768 pixels

Control elements

Touchscreen analog resistive


1 x RJ 45 Ethernet

1 x USB

Degree of protection

IP 54 front
(can be upgraded to IP65)

IP 20 rear

see on the left,
(as 15" PRO IP65 all around)

Installation cutout

310 x 248 mm (W x H)

368 x 290 mm (W x H)

Front panel

325 x 263 mm (W x H)

400 x 310 mm (W x H)


65 mm

65 mm / 91 mm