Tag database: New SQL technology easy to integrate with IT applications



Inductive Automation has released new versions of its database technology, FactoryPMI 3.0 and FactorySQL 4.0, with both incorporating new SQLTags technology. The company says that with SQLTags, rapid development of web-launched SCADA systems is easier, more accessible, and more scalable.


Powered by OPC, SQLTags technology reportedly turns any SQL database into a high-performance industrial tag database. Database platforms, like Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, and MySQL, have storage and performance characteristics that make them ideal for use in industrial applications, and are easy for IT departments to support. The database-centric architecture of FactoryPMI and FactorySQL lets designers create data-rich SCADA and MES systems with features including downtime and efficiency tracking along with recipe and batch management, trending, and PDF reporting.


With SQLTags, HMI functions like real time status and control are accomplished using drag-and-drop from within the FactoryPMI web-launched designer, letting users benefit from the power of a database-centric architecture without the complexity.


"SQLTags is a significant breakthrough in distributed SCADA technology," says Steve Hechtman, president, Inductive Automation. "In my 22 years experience as a systems integrator, I’ve never encountered a platform that so naturally crosses over between industrial controls and enterprise management."


FactoryPMI is a full-featured, database-powered HMI/SCADA system with unlimited clients and data points. Its web-launched rich clients simplify deployment and management. IT departments typically understand its standards-based approach including Java clients, open SQL database connectivity, web based management, and integrated Microsoft Active Directory authentication. Its modular architecture enables systems ranging from redundant enterprise-wide SCADA systems to plant-floor touch-panel machine control.


FactorySQL is an easy and effective way to bridge the gap between PLCs and standard database systems. It is an OPC powered industrial data bridge that leverages existing IT infrastructures. Drag-and-drop configuration for both data logging and bidirectional control delivers easy connectivity with industrial devices. Advanced features like alerting, triggers, and stored procedure support make FactorySQL the data bridge of choice in a variety of industries worldwide.


Both FactoryPMI 3.0 and FactorySQL 4.0 are completely backwards compatible. A free evaluation is available for download.


—Edited by Peter Welander, process industries editor, PWelander@cfemedia.com
Control Engineering Weekly News


(Register here and scroll down to select your choice of eNewsletters free.)


Inductive Automation is a CSIA member as of 3/5/2015

No comments
The Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by...
The System Integrator Giants program lists the top 100 system integrators among companies listed in CFE Media's Global System Integrator Database.
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering and Plant Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners in three categories.
This eGuide illustrates solutions, applications and benefits of machine vision systems.
Learn how to increase device reliability in harsh environments and decrease unplanned system downtime.
This eGuide contains a series of articles and videos that considers theoretical and practical; immediate needs and a look into the future.
Additive manufacturing benefits; HMI and sensor tips; System integrator advice; Innovations from the industry
Robotic safety, collaboration, standards; DCS migration tips; IT/OT convergence; 2017 Control Engineering Salary and Career Survey
Integrated mobility; Artificial intelligence; Predictive motion control; Sensors and control system inputs; Asset Management; Cybersecurity
Featured articles highlight technologies that enable the Industrial Internet of Things, IIoT-related products and strategies to get data more easily to the user.
This article collection contains several articles on how automation and controls are helping human-machine interface (HMI) hardware and software advance.
This digital report will explore several aspects of how IIoT will transform manufacturing in the coming years.

Find and connect with the most suitable service provider for your unique application. Start searching the Global System Integrator Database Now!

Infrastructure for natural gas expansion; Artificial lift methods; Disruptive technology and fugitive gas emissions
Mobility as the means to offshore innovation; Preventing another Deepwater Horizon; ROVs as subsea robots; SCADA and the radio spectrum
Future of oil and gas projects; Reservoir models; The importance of SCADA to oil and gas
Automation Engineer; Wood Group
System Integrator; Cross Integrated Systems Group
Jose S. Vasquez, Jr.
Fire & Life Safety Engineer; Technip USA Inc.
This course focuses on climate analysis, appropriateness of cooling system selection, and combining cooling systems.
This course will help identify and reveal electrical hazards and identify the solutions to implementing and maintaining a safe work environment.
This course explains how maintaining power and communication systems through emergency power-generation systems is critical.
click me