Wonderware introduces IndustrialSQL Server 8.0 historian

By Control Engineering Staff July 2, 2002

Lake Forest, Calif.— Wonderware , a subsidiary of Invensys plc (London, U.K.), introduced on July 1 version 8.0 of its IndustrialSQL Server historian. Wonderware says IndustrialSQL Server 8.0 enhances its solutions for the industrial intelligence market, and includes a client toolset; desktop reporting and data mining tools, SPC analysis and web visualization.

IndustrialSQL Server 8.0 is an off-the-shelf historian that captures detailed plant data in real-time; provides companies with better understanding of their manufacturing process; and enables them to make improvements in product consistency and productivity. Combined with Wonderware’s analytical client applications, IndustrialSQL sets the foundation for companies trying to improve their industrial intelligence capabilities.

An objective for companies working in FDA-audited environments is maximizing project lifecycles. Wonderware reports that IndustrialSQL Server can help users manage implementation and maintenance costs of implementing FDA-validated applications.

When it was launched in 1998, IndustrialSQL Server introduced what Wonderware states was the first cost-effective solution enabling manufacturing facilities to benefit from plant historian technology. IndustrialSQL is an extension to Microsoft SQL Server 2000, and is designed to acquire production data at increased speeds; reduce data storage volume; and integrate production, event, summary and configuration data, as well as enterprise application information. As the first historian available for the Windows NT platform, IndustrialSQL Server also offers users quick access to historical data, as well as immediate access to real-time data. More than 10,000 licenses have been sold worldwide.

“IndustrialSQL 8.0 has been three years in the making, and is the storage cornerstone of Wonderware’s overall industrial intelligence platform,” says Tim Sowell, product management vp for Invensys Manufacturing and Process Systems Software Development. “IndustrialSQL 8.0 is also the plant historian compliant with Invensys’ new ArchestrA platform. It will enable customers to build solutions for demanding environments, not only through its flexible architecture, but also through its ease of use in configuration and deployment.”

IndustrialSQL Server 8.0’s new benefits include:

Ultra-high availability and fault tolerance, including the ability to protect against server or network hardware failure;

Lower cost of maintenance and administration for single- and multi-node systems;

Improved performance and support of larger, more complex applications. Data samples may be acquired and stored at up to 60,000 samples per second for one-second periods;

Enhanced scalability with the flexibility to meet applications as small as 100 tags up to large systems with more than 100,000 tags;

Support for completely localized applications, including single- and multi-byte characters in tag names, tag descriptions and string tags; and

Enhanced support for FDA 21 CFR Part 11 application development with added capabilities for audit trails, configuration change logs, securing manual data and record updates.

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