EC: FactoryTalk Historian Machine Edition
Software - connectivity, integration software: Rockwell Automation FactoryTalk Historian Machine Edition. FactoryTalk Historian Machine Edition software is an embedded, solid-state module hardened for on-machine data collection to help manufacturers gather machine-level time series data and gain a new level of visibility into production operations. This is a Control Engineering 2011 Engineers' Choice (EC) Honorable Mention.
FactoryTalk Historian ME software is an embedded, solid-state module hardened for on-machine data collection that features a limited software footprint, no moving parts, and reduced risk of data loss due to network or other system interruption. The application helps users gain manufacturing intelligence and a new level of visibility into production operations. By integrating data from a machine-level historian with data from a plantlevel historian, operations can now locate and correct sources of inefficiencies more quickly to improve manufacturing consistency, energy use, and first-pass quality, all which help the company's bottom line. A standalone design makes the FactoryTalk Historian ME module ideal for remote data capture in challenging environments, such as drilling rigs, wells, and other previously inaccessible locations. The software helps significantly reduce implementation time because it is directly installed in the Allen-Bradley ControlLogix backplane, then auto-detects the controllers and configures all relevant tags to be historized. The application also leverages backplane communication to increase the speed of data collection and provide more granular data than is possible on a traditional, network-connected plant historian.
Machine builders can pre-qualify the data collection of their machines to speed up on-site installation, configuration, and validation efforts. Data-capture capabilities produce granular, historical data that helps provide effective sequence of events analysis, improving both product quality and customer satisfaction. Rockwell Automation designed the application as part of a distributed, tiered architecture that allows employees in different locations and at different operating levels to view and analyze role-appropriate historical data. Operators, for example, can view data from the specific machine they are using while plant-level supervisors can view individual machines or complete lines to build real-time comparisons against standards and assess critical batch or process performance. Meanwhile, senior management can use the same technology to develop executive dashboards that compare key performance indicators of production activity across multiple locations. A single data source helps users in critical roles within an operation act on consistent data.
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