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800xA Information Manager

800xA Information Management provides intelligent data access functions both real-time and historical information from all applications in the extended automation system

To achieve and maintain a sustainable competitive advantage, manufacturing and process businesses must be able to adapt quickly to change; to do this they need access to the right information, at the right time, in the right context.

One of the barriers to increased productivity is collecting data from a multitude of dissimilar sources, transforming it into meaningful information, and presenting it to operations, maintenance, engineering, and management in the correct context.

800xA Information Management provides intelligent data access functions to both real-time and historical information from all applications in the extended automation system. This allows all levels of personnel to make quick, informed decisions, and take the appropriate actions to improving efficiency and profitability.

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800xA Information Management’s functions provide both secure storage configurations and a variety of common and specialty data structures. An open distributed architecture supports data storage in either a multiple history server consolidation in one location or in dual history servers/locations for additional fault tolerance.

Raw Data Storage: Hierarchical structures provide various data storage options. High resolution data can be stored for short or long time periods. The system can also configure progressively lower resolution of data for longer time spans using less storage space and enabling the user to store data over longer periods.

Batch production: Production Data Logs (PDL) organizes critical process data such as operator interventions, alarm and events, equipment usage and task start/stop and duration times.

Collection storage: provides easy data storage and retrieval of process, operator, audit, and system events.

Standard Algorithms: Within a log hierarchy, an algorithm can be performed before the data is stored. A single value is stored that represents a larger time span of values. Standard algorithms include maximum, minimum, average, sum, and sum of squares values for a specified time interval.

Data Compression: Data compression is achieved using state of the art loss-less compression techniques.

Archiving: supports movement of finished reports, process, event, and production data from on-line to secure off-line storage. 

Easy, flexible data access is essential. All users, including operators, managers, engineers, maintenance supervisors, etc. have unique requirements and viewing preferences for information. In order to enable each user to work as productively as possible, 800xA Information Management has been designed with flexibility and ease of use in mind.
Data access for operations:

• Integrated Operator Workplace for historical data and other data sources
• Comprehensive Trend Displays for real-time and historical data
• Alarm and Event Viewer and flexible filtering
• Integrated real-time and historical data via Excel Data Access
• Report viewing using File Viewer

Data access for management and engineering:
• Web based data viewing of information
• Desktop Trend Displays.
• Viewing data using Microsoft Excel reports
• Desktop data management utility
• Event browser
• PDL (Production Data Log) Browser
• Batch to batch display
• Retrieving production data
• Remote display clients for custom displays

Seamless views of real time and historical information are provided throughout the system. The practical advantage of this can be seen when looking at values in trend curves; users can step through information over time without having to move from a real-time system to a separate historian. Additionally, data can come from multiple History Servers and other systems, and be combined on comprehensive displays. 

Desktop Trends – web based data view and analysis tool

  • Trend display
  • Event browser
  • Production Data Log (PDL) Browser (for batch data analysis)
  • Batch To Batch Analysis – batch to batch comparison tool
  • Tag Explorer – group and organize tags to support process analysis users
  • Tag ticker – web browser add in to show 800xA data in Internet Explorer web pages
  • SQL Browser - run ad-hoc SQL queries

 

Manufacturing environments dictate a wide variety of reporting requirements.

Typical reporting requirements include:

  • Production status reports for managers
  • Compliance reports for regulatory agencies such as EPA
  • Detailed production for FDA validation
  • Status reports for operations
  • Ad hoc reports

 Within System 800xA, real-time data, historical values, lab data, batch information and event information can be incorporated into reports created in Microsoft Excel, Crystal Reports or another report package that uses ODBC or OLE DB data access. 

Operators can view reports from their workplaces by simply browsing report archives. Other personnel can create reports at their desktops with familiar desktop applications to extract relevant information from the automation system, as they need it. In a regulated environment or when otherwise required, digital signatures and version control may be applied.

The following report templates are supplied with the system:
  • Trip (pre-trip and post-trip values)
  • Trend (hourly, shift, daily, monthly)
  • Event
  • Snapshot
  • Batch Report (Batch Audit events, Batch manager events, Batch Comment events, Batch Equipment, Batch events, Batch Procedures, Batch Process events, Batch System events, Batch Trend, Batch Variables, Batch Variables Matched pair)

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