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Rockwell Automation has brought out its Factorytalk Historian Machine Edition (ME) software.

This machine-level data historian is designed to help manufacturers mitigate the risk of machine downtime and reach continuous process-improvement goals.

The Factorytalk Historian ME application is an embedded, solid-state module hardened for on-machine data collection.

It features a limited software footprint, no moving parts and reduced risk of data loss due to network or other system interruption.

The Factorytalk Historian ME software helps manufacturers transform manufacturing intelligence into process improvements by leveraging reliable, real-time production data to improve product quality, speed up time to market and support regulatory compliance.

Rockwell Automation designed the application as part of a distributed, tiered architecture that allows employees in different locations and at different operating levels to view and analyse role-appropriate historical data.

Operators, for example, can view data from the specific machine they are using, while plant-level supervisors can view individual machines or complete lines to build real-time comparisons against standards and assess critical batch or process performance.

Senior management can use the same technology to develop executive dashboards that compare key performance indicators (KPIs) of production activity across multiple locations.

A standalone design makes the Factorytalk Historian ME module ideal for remote data capture in challenging environments, such as drilling rigs, wells and other previously inaccessible locations.

The software helps to significantly reduce implementation time because it is directly installed in the Allen-Bradley Controllogix backplane, then autodetects the controllers and configures all relevant tags to be historised.

The application also leverages backplane communication to increase the speed of data collection and provide more granular data than is possible on a traditional, network-connected plant historian.

The Factorytalk Historian ME software allows machine builders to pre-qualify the data collection of their machines to speed up on-site installation, configuration and validation efforts.

Data-capture capabilities produce granular, historical data that helps provide effective sequence of events analysis, improving both product quality and customer satisfaction.

For machine builders in regulated industries, the application helps provide continuous uptime and reliability to help meet government regulations.

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