EC: Process Historian
Software - Applications: Process Historian is a database software that allows you to get access to real-time and archived data in order to optimize your processes and operating equipment. This is a Control Engineering 2013 Engineers' Choice Awards Honorable Mention.
The Process Historian is a new option for Simatic PCS 7 version 8. It is a historical database and report system developed specifically for the process control system user. It allows users to get access to real-time and archived data to optimize their processes and operating equipment.
The Process Historian uses SQL server for storage and administration for faster call-up times of historical trends and data integrity during server failures. Controller, operator station data, alarm information, and Simatic Batch data are integrated in this historian.
The Process Historian reporting engine is Microsoft Reporting Services. It ensures seamless integration of Web and Microsoft office applications to give the user various options to view and export the prepared data in user-specific visualization.
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After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.