Invensys Operations Management welcomes customers, system integrators and partners to its 2012 Wonderware and Avantis User Group meeting, being held this week in Anaheim, California. With a focus on the future state of industrial operations, highlights include new capabilities that modernise underlying technologies, IT platforms and software systems. Invensys kicked off the event by introducing its ArchestrA System Platform 2012 R2 software, with expanded supervisory control, information reporting, analysis and big-data capabilities.
Ravi Gopinath, president of Invensys Operations Management's Software business, comments: "Manufacturing and industry has changed, requiring a fundamental rethinking of how companies will attain real-time operational excellence. Executives, managers and operators need to envision the future of their business, understanding how they can become more flexible and sustainable. By taking advantage of new underlying technologies, IT platforms and software, by better organising and enabling their workforce and by improving their overall asset reliability, they will be able to create and sustain a flexible, successful business, one that is built for today and the future."
Adding to the capabilities of its Wonderware line of products, ArchestrA System Platform R2 software includes extended plant-to-plant communication, a 300 per cent increase in historian data capacity, redundant historians, support for Microsoft SQL Server 2012, greatly improved data throughput, higher security and higher data reliability. The updated software further improves upon its reputation for tight integration, compatibility, ease of upgrade, high availability and the ability to analyse data quickly and easily, which translates to bottom-line dollars, especially for those running 24/7 operations.
Rob McGreevy, vice president of platform and operations software at Invensys Operations Management, says: "The new ArchestrA System Platform 2012 R2 helps customers achieve operational excellence with improved capacity, more flexibility and system expansion. The updated software enables companies to easily and seamlessly connect all of their control systems with one common, tightly integrated infrastructure and common security, no matter how many operations they have or how geographically dispersed they are."
ArchestrA System Platform 2012 R2 software maintains complete data integrity and high availability with optimal performance under a single, easily managed and maintained engineering environment. This can be applied to large global companies and to medium-sized companies wanting to separate different parts of the business for operations or reporting purposes. This is not only extremely cost effective, but configuration of even the most sophisticated systems is as simple as checking a box.
McGreevy continues: "Customers with remote sites, such as oil and gas production, power plants, facilities management, water and wastewater plants or any SCADA-specific use, typically have issues properly handling intermittent, uncurrent or out-of-sequence data. When off-line remote sites suddenly connect, a burst of cached information must be handled quickly, efficiently and accurately. ArchestrA System Platform 2012 R2 software and Wonderware Historian 2012 R2 software, with significantly higher storage and retrieval throughput, can process intermittent and 'late' data with total integrity. In addition, the communication channel for data from the ArchestrA System Platform to the Wonderware Historian can be encrypted, greatly improving security of data across communications channels.
"When it comes to envisioning and enabling real-time operational excellence, Invensys are the experts. Our software solutions help modernise all phases of plant operations, from the executive office to the plant floor. They help minimise downtime; they reduce costs; they cut total cost of ownership; they improve safety and quality; and, most importantly, they empower our clients' most valuable resource – their people. In short, innovative Wonderware and Avantis software and solutions can help our customers flexibly grow and compete in today's increasingly competitive market."
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