Process control, SCADA: Enhanced systems, information analysis, archiving
Invensys showcases enhanced systems, information analysis, and archiving capabilities at Wonderware/Avantis User Group Meeting. The ArchestrA System Platform 2012 improves security, data integrity and throughput, Invensys said.
Enhanced process controls and supervisory control and data acquisition capabilities were part of the Invensys Operations Management’s 2012 Wonderware and Avantis User Group meeting, this week in Anaheim, Calif. Invensys, a global provider of technology systems, software solutions, and consulting services to the manufacturing and infrastructure operations industries holds the meeting for customers, system integrators and partners with a focus on the future state of industrial operations, highlights include new capabilities that modernize underlying technologies, IT platforms and software systems. Invensys kicked off the event by introducing its ArchestrA System Platform 2012 R2 software, with expanded supervisory control, information reporting, analysis and big-data capabilities.
“Manufacturing and industry has changed, requiring a fundamental rethinking of how companies will attain real-time operational excellence,” said Ravi Gopinath, president of Invensys Operations Management’s Software business. “Executives, managers and operators need to envision the future of their business, understanding how they can become more flexible and sustainable. By taking advantage of new underlying technologies, IT platforms and software, by better organizing and enabling their workforce and by improving their overall asset reliability, they will be able to create and sustain a flexible, successful business, one that is built for today and the future.”
Adding to the capabilities of its Wonderware line of products, ArchestrA System Platform R2 software includes extended plant-to-plant communication, a 300% increase in historian data capacity, redundant historians, support for Microsoft SQL Server 2012, greatly improved data throughput, higher security and higher data reliability. The updated software further improves upon its reputation for tight integration, compatibility, ease of upgrade, high availability and the ability to analyze data quickly and easily, which translates to bottom line dollars, especially for those running 24/7 operations.
“The new ArchestrA System Platform 2012 R2 helps customers achieve operational excellence with improved capacity, more flexibility and system expansion,” said Rob McGreevy, vice president of platform and operations software, Invensys Operations Management. “The updated software enables companies to easily and seamlessly connect all of their control systems with one common, tightly integrated infrastructure and common security, no matter how many operations they have or how geographically dispersed they are.”
ArchestrA System Platform 2012 R2 software maintains complete data integrity and high availability with optimal performance under a single, easily managed and maintained engineering environment. This can be applied to large global companies and to medium-sized companies wanting to separate different parts of the business for operations or reporting purposes. This is not only extremely cost effective, but configuration of even the most sophisticated systems is as simple as checking a box.
“Customers with remote sites, such as oil and gas production, power plants, facilities management, water and wastewater plants or any SCADA-specific use, typically have issues properly handling intermittent, uncurrent or out-of-sequence data,” said McGreevy.
“When off-line remote sites suddenly connect, a burst of cached information must be handled quickly, efficiently and accurately. ArchestrA System Platform 2012 R2 software and Wonderware Historian 2012 R2 software, with significantly higher storage and retrieval throughput, can process intermittent and ‘late’ data with total integrity. In addition, the communication channel for data from the ArchestrA System Platform to the Wonderware Historian can be encrypted, greatly improving security of data across communications channels,” McGreevy said.
“When it comes to envisioning and enabling real-time operational excellence, Invensys are the experts,” McGreevy said. “Our software solutions help modernize all phases of plant operations, from the executive office to the plant floor. They help minimize downtime; they reduce costs; they cut total cost of ownership; they improve safety and quality; and, most importantly, they empower our clients’ most valuable resource– their people. In short, innovative Wonderware and Avantis software and solutions can help our customers flexibly grow and compete in today’s increasingly competitive market.”
- Edited by Mark T. Hoske, content manager, CFE Media, Control Engineering and Plant Engineering, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Invensys Operations Management, a division of Invensys, provides automation and information technology, systems, software solutions, services and consulting to the global manufacturing and infrastructure industries. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, its solutions are used by more than 40,000 clients around the world in more than 200,000 plants and facilities.
Invensys Operations Management’s offerings are delivered under several prominent industry brands, including Avantis, Eurotherm, Foxboro, IMServ, InFusion, SimSci-Esscor, Skelta, Triconex and Wonderware. The company’s approximately 9,000 employees and its global partner ecosystem integrate these products and services to help clients collaborate across systems and enterprises in real time, extracting critical data to make faster, better decisions, and synchronize operations from the plant floor to the executive offices, aligning production goals with business objectives, the company said.
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