Off-the-shelf machine level Historian

17 May 2011

Rockwell Automation has announced the release of FactoryTalk Historian Machine Edition (ME) version 2.2 software with native connectivity to the OSIsoft PI System. This gives PI system users who employ Allen-Bradley ControlLogix controllers an off-the-shelf, machine-level historian application that can transfer historical data to their on-site or enterprise wide PI System.

The native connectivity means that FactoryTalk Historian ME can automatically communicate with the PI system, allowing users to integrate their PI System with Rockwell Automation products to gain a new level of visibility into production operations. Such scalable, historian applications allow manufacturers to rapidly tap into manufacturing intelligence and make process improvements by making use of granular, real-time and historical production data to improve product quality, speed time-to-market and support regulatory compliance.

FactoryTalk Historian applications build on technology licensed from OSIsoft and include additional capabilities inherent in the FactoryTalk software suite to provide integration with the Rockwell Automation Integrated Architecture.

Rockwell Automation designed the FactoryTalk Historian ME application to work as a stand-alone, rack-mounted historian or to roll-up into a larger plant or enterprise historian systems. Data is accessible from different locations where users can view and analyse role-appropriate historical information.

With a modular historian, manufacturers can collect data in remote or hazardous locations and when speed and reliability is crucial, such as oil and gas, mining, pharmaceutical or water treatment applications. Additionally, machine builders can apply FactoryTalk Historian ME to pre-qualify the data collection of their machines, reducing the time required for on-site installation, configuration and validation efforts. In highly regulated industries, the application helps machine builders provide continuous uptime and reliability. Because a machine-level historian is directly connected to the application controller, network connections are not necessary to data collection. As long as the system has a power supply, data gathering is assured.

Users also have more control over when data is transferred, which can save time and reduce costs.

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