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Incuity HDA historical plant data solution

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DATAWORKS Systems, a leading developer of real-time business intelligence software designed specifically for manufacturing enterprises, has released its new Incuity HDA historical data access solution for integrated deployment of plant-wide production information. It is available from Aims Pty Ltd.

“Incuity HDA is a significant leap forward from existing solutions for supporting better decision-making in discrete manufacturing, batch and continuous process operations,” explained DataWorks’ Chief Operating Officer, John Nichols.

“Companies that have already invested in historians to collect plant data are finding it difficult to get real value from that data. Power users like engineers, technicians and production supervisors need tools for analysing manufacturing performance and sharing insights with the rest of the organization.

“Casual users throughout the company need easy access to reports and dashboards via standard Internet browsers and Microsoft Office interfaces.

“Incuity solves these problems because it provides one rich client toolset for all of the major process historians, provides services to integrate and manage that data according to user-defined needs and offers presentation services that empower people with more useful and practical production information,” he added.

This combination of features enables users to build virtually unlimited arrays of reporting and information management applications, including:

* Pre-configured and custom executive dashboards within Incuity’s open portal application

* Automated production reporting

* Key performance indicator (KPI) monitoring and alerting

* Downtime and operating equipment efficiency analysis

* Process verification

* Process optimisation.

Incuity HDA is fully backward-compatible with versions 8.5 and the ActiveFactory set of client applications for accessing and processing manufacturing data – originally developed by DataWorks and licensed to the Wonderware unit of Invensys Systems. These previous versions of ActiveFactory are no longer sold by Wonderware, which now markets its own version of the product based on an entirely different code base.

“The code differences between original versions and the new version from Wonderware mean that Incuity HDA is the only true upgrade available for users of ActiveFactory version 8.5 and earlier,” said Mr Nichols. “Incuity HDA includes continuation of the concurrent licensing model, visualisation and reporting tools and saved work.”

Going beyond this compatibility, Incuity HDA now enables ActiveFactory users to access data from several popular industrial data historians, such as OSIsoft’s PI System, General Electric’s Proficy Historian, Rockwell Software’s RSBizware Historian, and Wonderware’s IndustrialSQL Server, as well as any other OPC HDA-compatible historian. It exposes the full value of their historical data through familiar Internet browsers, Microsoft Office applications and its own powerful data analysis tools.

In addition to providing out-of-the-box compatibility with ActiveFactory desktop client applications, new Incuity HDA features include:

* A full-featured ‘zero install’ trend application

* A full-featured ‘zero install’ X-Y plotting application

* A powerful web application for data sharing throughout a plant

* An extensive reporting subsystem

* A Microsoft Office add-in that provides Wizards for bringing data from multiple control and business systems into the familiar environments of Word and Excel for analysis, reporting and presentation of data.

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