Plant Data Historian Software

High Performance, Mission Critical Data Historian for Condition Monitoring

  • High Speed | Redundancy
  • Remote Data Collectors | XML Configuration
  • Intelligent Asset Management | Low Memory Usage
  • Powerful Reporting | Performance Calculations

Plant Data Historian SoftwareWhat is a Plant Historian? 

Plant Historian software (also known as a Process Historian or Operational Historian software) is a software program that retrieves and logs production and process data, by time. As opposed to relational databases like SQL server, Process Historians write data to time-series databases for quicker data retrieval. Time-series databases have knowledge of how the data was collected, consumed and stored, fostering much faster data retrieval results.

Historian Software vs Relational Databases: What's the right Option?

It is well documented that relational database schema have been used as a replacement for purpose-built historian software. There is no hard and fast rule as to which data storage option one should chose, but any decision should be based three core areas of evidence: storage costs, scalability and speed. Plant-Historian vs Relational Database

  1. Storage Costs: Storage costs are getting cheaper, especially with cloud models and healthier disk spaces on our servers. Still, the difference in relational and time-series database sizes can be extraordinary. One has to weigh up the cost of not only the substantial extra disk space used in relational databases, but also the cost of protecting (back-ups and disk mirroring) for specific, often regulatory, periods of time. 
  2. Scalability: When deliberating scalability, one must note that scaling up (enabling a single machine to store more data), and scaling out (enabling data to be stored across multiple machines) are two different notions. So does Plant Historian software scale ‘up’ and ‘out’ better than Relational Databases?
    • Scaling up: Memory vs. Disk [memory is faster, but more expensive]. Eventually, usually due to cost of ownership, one has to write to disk. In doing so, the cost of swapping in/out of memory can impact on performance in relational databases. Conversely, time series data logging structures the data in a new way through space chunking and adaptive time. This minimises swapping to disk, yet keeps the data small enough to fit inside memory. 
    • Scaling out: Some Plant Historians can run across multiple nodes depending on the infrastructure [constraints], or split data storage across several collector modules to scale out appropriately. 
  3. Speed: As hardware improves, relational databases unquestionably benefit, but even top-end hardware would be pushed to store 1,000’s of values per second. Font-end buffering is a prerequisite of many relational databases. Time-series data logging through Plant Historian software on the other hand, retrieve and log data quicker with high compression and innovative Swinging Door algorithms.

Historian vs Relational Databases
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Introducing Hyper Historian™
Hyper Historian™ is an advanced high speed, 64bit reliable and robust plant historian capable of data logging over 100,000 tags per second. Designed for the most mission critical applications demanding the highest level of availability, Hyper Historian delivers unparalleled performance with very efficient use of computer resources, high compression and advanced swinging door algorithms. Hyper Historian leverages the latest Microsoft platforms and includes tight integration with SQL Server.


Plant Data Historian SoftwareHyper HistorianTM Feature Highlight

  1. Robust, High-Performance & Scalable
    1. Robust High Performance: Hyper Historian is one of the fastest data storage, mining and retrieval modules on the market for real-time, enterprise-wide data. Hyper Historian can either log data through a file or memory based format. Hyper Historian can ingest and process data as fast as the underlying infrastructure can provide it.
    2. Scalability: The amount of data we chose to store will always evolve, it usually tends to increase. Hyper Historian is built to utilise the .NET Framework, a technology designed to scale in relation to the available resource. ICONICS solutions can scale from 100 to millions of data points in a single system – the platform architecture controls this. High performance is never compromised as collector modules and nodes can be divide across the available infrastructure
  2. Unattended Data Archiving and Backup
    Hyper Historian allows for routine or triggered scheduling of data archives, freeing up disk space and backing up files for long term storage and retrieval. Auto forward older data to remote locations for long term storage.
  3. Integrated Redundancy with Store and Forward
    Uninterruptable, robust access and data gathering for mission critical applications ensures the highest level of data integrity during downtime.  
  4. High Compression, Low CPU and Memory Usage
    1. Swinging Door Algorithm: Using intelligent, high precision data logging technology, storage can be reduced whilst adhering to the highest levels of accuracy and efficiency.
    2. Flat File Format:  Hyper Historian does not log to a relational database. Instead, data can be stored in memory for a specified period or written to a flat file format.
  5. Performance Calculation Engine
    1. Configure periodical and event based advanced calculations to dynamically provide data analysis.
    2. HyperHistorian can asynchronously process calculations reducing data retrieval latency. Although synchronous implementations are supporting, asynchronous  processing allows multiple calculations to be running concurrently
  6. Web-enabled, Thin-Client Configuration and Admin
    The engineering costs within an automation project are typically 70 percent of the total project cost. Slash your engineering development costs by using the secure, robust thin-client Workbench consoles inside Hyper Historian The configuration console performs complete service/project management tasks supporting pack-and-go deployment capabilities.
  7. 2D + 3D Real-time Charts and Trends
    Our rich 2D and 3D graphics library powers intuitive visualisation of real-time and historical data in the methods most suited to your organisation. Think X+Y, Logarithmic, bar, strip recorders and circular charts. Intuitive ribbons and galleries allow users to customise trends by selection colours, gradients, smooth animation, translucency, glass effects, anti-aliasing and much more.
  8. Powerful SQL Query Engine 
    Holistic data analysis and reporting is achieved through our ability to securely integrate with any open database or third party client. Report on or bulk edit data through our SQL server engine.
  9. MergeWorX Historical Data Integration
    Merge high resolution data from third party devices and enhance data logging capabilities, even in the event of an outage.
  10. Designed for 64-bit and .NET
    The most intelligent, Microsoft Windows 64-bit high performance enterprise-wide real time plant historian software.

Hyper Historian™  Brochure

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Hyper Historian™ Product Brief

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Hyper Historian™ for Azure

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Hyper Historian™

Hyper Historian™

Hyper Historian is a high speed, reliable and robust data historian capable of data logging over 100,000 tags per second. Retrieve and log data faster with high compression and advanced Swinging Door algorithms.

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