FactoryTalk VantagePoint Line Edition software integrates data from multiple plant-floor information systems for cohesive, timely look at plant-floor operations.
Rockwell Automation has launched Rockwell Software FactoryTalk VantagePoint, an innovative addition to its FactoryTalk Integrated Production and Performance Suite that allows end users to self-configure rich Web-based dashboards, trends and reports without expensive, time-consuming support resources. FactoryTalk VantagePoint software leverages the FactoryTalk service-oriented architecture and technology acquired through the company’s purchase of Incuity Software to deliver automatic access to valuable production information from both Rockwell Automation and third-party systems in an easier-to-use, cost-effective manner.
Through a familiar Internet browser, Microsoft Office user interfaces and pre-defined connectors to third-party systems, FactoryTalk VantagePoint users can install and configure their systems in as little as a few hours with minimal technical support. This immediate access to actionable insight allows employees at every level of a production facility to better monitor and manage productivity, and exercise more control over high-profile operations such as energy efficiency or global supply-chain execution. Providing cohesive access to information on-demand in an intuitive, easier-to-use format improves decision support in any aspect of the manufacturing environment – from inventory to maintenance, production to quality, and up through the enterprise and supply-chain planning.
In a 2008 report, AMR Research highlighted the value of integrating Incuity technology into the FactoryTalk suite. “IncuityEMI provides an extremely flexible, extensible, data-modeling framework that is designed to capture and maintain complex relationships between a virtually unconstrained set of data sources,” the report said. “In fact, you can find IncuityEMI today in oil and gas, energy management, food production, and facilities asset management scenarios. There, it is contextualizing data from ERP, MES, LIMS and CMMS systems along with time-series data from historians like OSIsoft’s PI and AspenTech’s IP.21, and, in many cases, doing this across multiple facilities.”
The FactoryTalk VantagePoint application will be offered in multiple versions, allowing manufacturers to select the most appropriate feature-set for their needs. The first version, FactoryTalk VantagePoint Line Edition (LE), combines data produced by the Rockwell Automation Integrated Architecture with other third-party production systems in an easily configured and installed out-of-the-box solution. It includes standard, pre-configured reports for managing devices, equipment, alarms, events and control loops, as well as batch or production run and shift reports. The application also includes trending and dashboard capabilities to support powerful analysis and uses Microsoft Excel for easier report generation.
“In today’s economy, it’s critical to mine data from disparate sources in a way that delivers unique insights into enterprise business performance and key operational metrics,” said Doug Lawson, president of Incuity Software, Rockwell Automation. “With just a few hours of configuration, FactoryTalk VantagePoint LE software can provide users with a cost-effective way to get at that information through intuitive reports, trends and dashboards.”
In addition to gathering data from control systems based on the Rockwell Automation Integrated Architecture, the FactoryTalk VantagePoint LE application features third-party connectors that address native and OPC DA real-time devices, OPC HDA historians, as well as Wonderware IndustrialSQL Server Historian, GE Proficy Historian and OSI PI Historian. Rockwell Automation will soon be releasing FactoryTalk VantagePoint Enterprise Edition, a more comprehensive version designed to aggregate and analyze data from multiple enterprise systems, production lines or facilities.
The FactoryTalk VantagePoint application is the latest addition to the comprehensive line of existing Performance and Visibility applications already available with the FactoryTalk Integrated Production and Performance Suite. The software suite delivers comprehensive business benefits across six production disciplines common to most manufacturing operations. These scalable software applications are designed for tight integration with the Rockwell Automation Logix Control Platform, as well as extensive connectivity to third-party and legacy systems.
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