EC: FactoryTalk Historian Machine Edition (ME)
Software – Applications: FactoryTalk Historian ME software from Rockwell Automation collects, stores, analyzes, and visualizes production data using powerful data capture and storage engines that can be used within process, discrete, and hybrid environments. This is a Control Engineering 2012 Engineers’ Choice finalist.
FactoryTalk Historian Machine Edition (ME) version 2.2 software has native connectivity to the OSIsoft PI System, giving PI System users who employ Allen-Bradley ControlLogix controllers from Rockwell Automation an off-the-shelf, machine-level historian application that can easily transfer historical data to their on-site or enterprisewide PI System. The native connectivity means that FactoryTalk Historian ME can automatically communicate with the PI System, allowing users to easily integrate their PI System with Rockwell Automation products to access 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 leveraging granular, real-time, and historical production data to improve product quality, speed time-to-market, and support regulatory compliance. FactoryTalk Historian applications build on industry-leading technology licensed from OSIsoft and include additional capabilities inherent in the FactoryTalk software suite to provide premier 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 analyze 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 in oil and gas, mining, pharmaceutical, or water treatment applications. Additionally, machine builders can apply FactoryTalk Historian ME to prequalify 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 for data collection. As long as the system has a power supply, data gathering is assured.
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