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Enterprise Information Solutions has a wide scope of software solutions including SCADA Software, SCADA Historian (Data Historian for short), edge technologies like software device drivers, advanced applications, Control Systems, EAM gateways and the list goes on. At the core of Industrial Automation, is SCADA and Process Data Historian. These mature product types have become the main staple for managing critical infrastructure associated with intelligent assets. Evidence of how stable some of these systems are, is measured in “up time”, and for some systems is in the order of 99.999% available.
Parasyn designs, implements and supports various process historian technologies for industry. We also procure and provision the software products, transition onto existing data centre infrastructure or work closely with 3rd party service providers or the client’s internal IT personnel to scope and specify what is required to establish suitable software solution infrastructure. To achieve this, a managed service arrangement or a turnkey project structure can be the delivery platform. In the case of critical infrastructure High Availability components and products can be specified at the plant and enterprise level to ensure the necessary overall reliability is achieved. The specification, selection and licensing of enterprise information solutions which include process data historians can create a world of pain if not approached from a system’s engineering practice perspective (OT – Operational Technology bias).
Organisations which take an enterprise view of SCADA sourced data, widen their scope and improve operations as the feedback loop envelope for operational systems widens. This is more a human interaction activity than anything, however the technology platform exposes the data sets so that humans can consume and demonstrate their findings with ease. For repeatable processes, these optimisations can be captured and are less dependent on intimate user knowledge, which is typical for plant-based SCADA systems. The typical enterprise data consumer’s less “technical” perspective on “what they see” drives better metadata management adding context and meaning to everything the business does from that day forward.
The process data historian is the key software component for enterprise information solutions for managing critical plant, critical remote assets and metering devices. Virtually anything that is instrumented is ripe for “harvesting”. How the system is designed to reliably collect information is more than a basic opinion about which is the “best brand”. How the collected information is displayed, often by dashboards or some other “visualisation”, is only as good as the underlying data. If you need help deciding what to use or how to design your first or next system, this is something we love to help with.
Process Data Historian (Data Historian for short)
A Data Historian (also known as a Process Historian or Operational Historian) is a software application that stores and serves out production and process data to other software applications or consumers. A process historian differs to a relational database as it natively stores raw data as “time series” (value and actual time stamp).
Time Series Historian
High performance historians store time series data as efficiently as possible to minimise the disk space required. Fast retrieval is paramount for accessing the vast amounts of information gathered by process data historians.
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Governments, regulatory bodies and business have all been steadily increasing their demand for more accurate, validated and timely data. Organisation Compliance Reporting & Data Analysis requirements have therefore naturally become increasingly important as deregulation and privatisation takes a hold across the globe. Managing assets holistically according to how the business manages the asset and not how the operations group repairs and maintains the asset, no longer needs to be mutually exclusive. More and more organisations are turning to enterprise data historians as the vehicle to store critical information that they rely on and trust.
Enterprise Data Historian
When designed and implement correctly, an enterprise data historian creates a lifelong dependency for organisational user groups that are serious about sharing information and quality management.
Technology now delivers high speed data acquisition, abstracted data structures which fit specific asset models, mega storage, caching of enterprise KPIs and production performance management information. This means that at all levels of the organisation the appropriate information can be presented to all user groups. The enterprise historian liberates asset performance information and exposes information historically only considered precious by Operators and Maintenance personnel. Those days are over.
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The choice of which technology platform to use can be an expensive one. Overall, if the process data historian is over specified for the application, when expansion time comes it will be painful. Getting this right is something Parasyn can help you with.
When the data storage platform is appropriately implemented and operational, it opens the flood gate to other enterprise applications including asset optimisation, predictive analytics (machine learning), workflow, advanced analytics and production and compliance reporting.