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Canary is offering Infolink Process Historian, which combines Canary’s Trend Historian and Trend Link and Software Toolbox’s symbol library, to provide real-time and historical process insights.

XLReporter from Sytech is also optionally available.

Infolink allows operators to call up historical data from any point in the past and review trends, HMI screens and reports, exactly as they occurred.

Infolink offers more capability at that price than similar software historians that cost five to ten times as much.

Infolink runs on any PC, including HMI workstations running HMI/Scada software, and obtains its data via OPC interfaces to PLCs, DCSes, RTUs and other hardware and software packages.

It stores data with tags and time stamps, so it can be retrieved and displayed on screen in real time or in playback mode.

Unlike some competitive process historians, which use compression technology, Infolink retains all the original data on disk.

With compression, the other historians lose the resolution of the original data.

Screens can be easily designed to mimic HMI displays or to present trends and comparisons.

Infolink can calculate and display KPIs (key performance indicators) in real time.

Placing KPIs in a prominent location on the screen lets operators and users quickly see critical values that affect a process in real time or as it happened a month ago.

Infolink lets users quickly and easily create professional-looking graphics.

Infolink incorporates the industry standard graphics symbols from Software Toolbox, allowing users to see real-time graphical representations of the process.

More than 4,000 different symbols are available.

Infolink integrates with XLReporter from Sytech, a provider of automated reporting and data analysis.

Data from XLReporter and Canary’s Trend Historian can be formatted into high-quality reports that can be stored in an HTML format, making them viewable via standard web browsers.

Viewing reports is only a click away with Infolink.

In playback mode, Infolink is like having a DVR player that recorded everything that happened in real time and plays it back at the speed needed.

Infolink can even pause and step through events that occurred at a critical time.

An operator can change from a trend display to an HMI screen with graphics, or put four different screens on the display at the same time.

Infolink makes calling up historical data simple and easy.

With Infolink, a user can design layouts using multiple layers that provide finger-tip access to historical data.

Organised and efficient screens give users the ability to look at all of the information in one place.

Built-in search tools find and display historical data in any format required.

Advanced Tag Explorer lets an operator: view tag attributes; (description, engineering units) display a tabular view of all historical data with access to any annotations; show statistical information about the tag; show a graphical trend view of the data; and search for data to find and view historical data matching various conditions.

Infolink integrates with external information to allow views from the internet to be integrated into displays.

For example, if a process is weather-dependent, displays showing ‘weather radar’ are possible.

Possible applications include: access to a map to see streets and aerial views for a wastewater treatment plant; access to on-line manuals for critical equipment such as pumps and motors; access to drawing and design documents; and access to local HTML-based applications, such as cameras.

Infolink builds on the foundations created by Canary’s Trend Historian and Trend Link software packages.

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