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Data Historian

Centralized storage for industrial data, including time-stamped production records, machine metrics, and environmental conditions, enabling efficient analysis and insight

Enhanced data collection and analysis

Our combined expertise in analyzing production processes, designing tailored solutions, and developing advanced automation systems extends to data collection, historization, and analysis. This ensures real-time insights and enhanced operational efficiency. Our comprehensive approach enables us to deliver innovative, end-to-end solutions for industrial optimization, providing relevant information at the right time and in the right place.

Optimized operational efficiency

Our Data Historian streamlines complex reporting and simplifies analysis, capable of monitoring single processes or entire facilities, efficiently managing time-series, alarm, and event data. Data is stored locally and aggregated at the corporate level, eliminating redundant data versions. This ensures rapid data retrieval with reduced storage space, ideal for production environments where conventional databases fall short.

Seamless integration with operations control

Data Historian integrates with operations control solutions such as Human Machine Interface (HMI) and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems. Historical data can also be efficiently retrieved via linked servers and incorporated into any other reporting and dashboarding system. This integration enables faster, informed decision-making and ensures comprehensive visibility into operational performance.

Predictive insights for minimum downtime

Historical data can be readily accessed and analyzed to identify trends and patterns over time, facilitating predictive maintenance by forecasting potential equipment failures and scheduling proactive maintenance. This approach minimizes downtime and maintenance costs while enabling informed decision-making based on accurate and comprehensive historical data.
Avient
AVX
Ballard Power Systems
BASF
Cemex Split
Helios
Johnson Matthey

Centralized data storage for
industrial insights

Data Historian offers centralized storage, creating a comprehensive repository for industrial information, including time-stamped production records, machine performance metrics, and environmental conditions. It integrates high-speed data collection with advanced retrieval modes to access and analyze historical records. By examining past performance metrics and environmental conditions, Data Historian helps identify trends and patterns, facilitating predictive maintenance by forecasting equipment failures and scheduling maintenance proactively, reducing downtime and costs.

Accurate historical information enables informed decision-making, improving operational efficiency and productivity. Designed to handle large volumes of records with real-time processing, Data Historian is essential in rapidly changing industrial environments. This capability provides immediate insights and quick responses to potential issues, ensuring the information is accurate and current. By processing information swiftly and precisely, we reduce the risk of errors and enhance the reliability of data-driven strategies.

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Advanced data analysis
and visualization

Data Historian systems include powerful analysis tools and visualization capabilities. They can generate detailed reports and trends, helping to identify patterns, anomalies, and opportunities for improvement. These advanced analysis features enable companies to optimize processes, predict future occurrences, monitor key performance indicators, reduce costs through informed decision-making, and improve operational efficiency by learning from past events. Customized reporting and dashboards that leverage high-performance data processing to deliver real-time and historical analytics can be implemented and customers trained to create dashboards and reports, so they can independently develop them in the future.

We can configure the batch processes using Event Frames to monitor and compare individual production runs, including against a “golden batch”. The system visualizes process data, allowing for detailed comparisons, and alerts operators when the process deviates from the golden parameters.

Integrating data historian into
existing systems

Data Historian integrates seamlessly with a wide range of systems and protocols, including SCADA systems, PLCs, and other industrial control systems. It interfaces with ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) systems through APIs or middleware to provide essential production data and performance metrics. Additionally, it transmits real-time and historical data to MES (Manufacturing Execution Systems) for enhanced production control using standard interfaces or custom connectors.

We implement and customize a structured data assets model, enabling organized and efficient data management, enhancing data accessibility, and improving the overall quality of analytics to suit your organizational framework.

We offer comprehensive support throughout the entire implementation process, from initial installation to final system activation and ongoing maintenance, ensuring continuous technical support and training for our customers. The implementation process includes configuring data flows and establishing connectivity with various industrial devices, resulting in a system that ensures optimal performance and precise data analysis.

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Data historian security measures
and data protection

Advanced security measures are implementer to safeguard the data, ensuring compliance and peace of mind specific to industry standards. Communication between the Data Historian and the server is secured using certificates, ensuring authenticated and encrypted data exchanges to prevent unauthorized access and maintain data integrity. Security updates and patches are regularly installed to address vulnerabilities and enhance security features. Regular backups of historical data are performed with secure recovery procedures in place to ensure data continuity and reliability.

Failover redundancy and store-forward is usually configured to ensure continuous data collection and availability even in the event of a server failure, providing uninterrupted operations and peace of mind.

 

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Data Historian differs from traditional databases as specifically optimized for handling time-series data, allowing to manage large volumes of data with high input rates and provide efficient retrieval for analysis. Unlike traditional databases, Data Historian efficiently compresses and archives time-series data, facilitating long-term storage without significant performance degradation.

It offers specialized querying capabilities tailored for time-series data, such as aggregations over time, trend analysis, and historical comparisons. Additionally, Data Historian is designed to seamlessly interface with industrial control systems, SCADA, and IoT devices, ensuring efficient and continuous data collection from various sources. This makes them particularly well-suited for environments where performance, speed, and data integrity are critical.
Yes, Data Historian is designed to integrate seamlessly with a variety of existing systems and protocols, including SCADA systems, PLCs, and other industrial control systems. It connects to SCADA systems via standard protocols like OPC, Modbus, or direct database connections, enabling efficient data collection and aggregation.

Additionally, Data Historian can interface with ERP systems through APIs or middleware to provide production data and performance metrics. It also feeds real-time and historical data to MES for enhanced production control using standard interfaces or custom connectors. Data Historian collects and stores data from IoT devices using protocols such as MQTT, RESTful APIs, or other IoT standards. Furthermore, it provides data to BI tools through ODBC, JDBC, or direct API access, and can synchronize with cloud storage and cloud-based analytics platforms using secure data transfer protocols.
Implementing Data Historian offers several key benefits, including improved operational efficiency through real-time data analysis, enhanced decision-making based on historical trends, predictive maintenance capabilities, and the ability to identify and rectify issues before they escalate.

For instance, a manufacturing company can access historical production data to analyze trends and identify bottlenecks, optimizing production processes. An energy plant can analyze energy consumption patterns over time, leading to better demand forecasting and efficient energy management. A chemical processing facility can monitor critical parameters in real-time and receive alerts for deviations, enabling immediate corrective actions to prevent accidents or product quality issues. Pharmaceutical companies can store and retrieve historical data to meet regulatory requirements for traceability and reporting, ensuring compliance with FDA regulations. Similarly, an automotive manufacturer can use historical machine data to predict equipment failures and schedule maintenance proactively, reducing downtime and maintenance costs.
Yes, Data Historian solutions are highly scalable to meet the growing data needs of an organization. They efficiently handle increased data volumes and additional data sources without significant performance degradation.

For example, a customer may start with a Data Historian to monitor a single production line. As the company expands, the solution can be scaled to cover multiple production lines across different plants globally, integrating thousands of sensors and devices while maintaining consistent performance and reliability.

Licensing is typically modular, allowing organizations to add new capabilities (licensed history tags) as needed. This approach enables companies to begin with a basic setup and expand over time, avoiding high initial costs and ensuring that expenses grow with operational requirements.
Communication between Data Historian servers and clients is secured with certificates, ensuring authenticated and encrypted data exchanges to prevent unauthorized access and ensure data integrity. INEA regularly installs security updates and patches to address potential vulnerabilities and enhance security features. Regular backups of historical data are performed, and secure recovery procedures are in place to restore data in case of loss or corruption, ensuring continuity and reliability of data availability.

The Data Historian system is equipped with robust security features, including data encryption, user authentication, and authorization controls to protect sensitive industrial data from unauthorized access and cyber threats. It integrates with the organization's existing OS domain, utilizing domain-based authentication and authorization to ensure that only authorized users with domain credentials can access the system.

Data at rest and in transit is encrypted using industry-standard protocols such as TLS (Transport Layer Security) and AES (Advanced Encryption Standard), protecting it from interception or tampering. The system also implements different levels of user permissions, ensuring users can only access data and functionalities necessary for their role, such as read-only access for operators and full control for administrators.

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