Canary Labs releases new process historian

InfoLink combines trending and historian functions, data analysis, HMI graphics, on-line drawings and manuals, and aerial views into a single package at a budget price.


Canary Labs has released its new InfoLink Process Historian that combines several software packages from a group of suppliers. The kit includes Canary’s Trend Historian and Trend Link software, Software Toolbox’s symbol library, and optional XLReporter from SyTech to provide a real-time and historical views of a process. The company says that with a few keystrokes, an operator can call up historical data from any point in the past and review trends, HMI screens, and reports exactly as they occurred.

InfoLink runs on any PC, including HMI workstations running HMI/SCADA software, and obtains its data via OPC interfaces from PLCs, DCSs, RTUs and other hardware and software packages. It stores data with tags and time stamps so it can be retrieved and displayed on-screen in real-time or playback mode. InfoLink stores all the original data on disk in an uncompressed format so it retains all the original resolution.

Screens can be designed to mimic HMI displays or to present trends and comparisons. InfoLink can calculate and display KPIs (key performance indicators) in real time. Placing KPIs in a prominent location on the screen lets operators and users quickly see critical values that affect a process in real time or as it happened a month ago.

Canary likes to compare the playback mode to having a DVR that records everything in real time, so you can play it back at whatever speed is needed. You can pause and move step by step through events that occurred at a critical time or created an upset.

InfoLink builds on foundations created by Canary’s Trend Historian and Trend Link software packages, which the company says has been going for 10 years

—Edited by Peter Welander, process industries editor, ,
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