Data. The foundation for Industry 4.0

Lay the groundwork with Factry Historian

Factry Historian acts as a powerful, easy to use data collection platform for real-time data from your existing production systems. There is no limit on the amount of data you wish to collect, neither on the amount of users or integrations. Because the Historian is built on the same technologies that power the Internet, we can assure a robust and scalable infrastructure that benefits single plants and truly shines across multiple production sites.

  Collect

We collect data using industry-specific protocols and systems such as OPC-UA out of the box. In cases where these are not present, we switch to CSV-files or develop a custom collector.

  Add Context

Send events from your existing software systems to add context to the process data. We integrate with your ERP, LIMS and MES systems using industry standards such as ISA95's B2MML.

  Visualize

The Factry Historian comes with a powerful dashboarding solution at no additional charge. Develop dashboards to give the right data to everyone who needs it, from operator to plant manager.

  Extend

Whether you want to build new applications on top of the Factry Historian or connect it to your existing applications, our open API’s allow for smooth integration.

The right architecture for your needs

Single site on-premise

Ideal for single production sites

Store-and-forward local data collection
 
OPC-UA collector
Advanced buffering
Powerful visualisation
Remote system monitoring by Factry
Corporate level on-premise

Ideal for multiple production sites

Store-and-forward local data collection
Forwarding to corporate level historian
OPC-UA collector
Advanced buffering
Powerful visualisation
Remote system monitoring by Factry

Easy to use web-based administration

Every historian ships with an easy-to-use and web-based administration center.
  • Add and configure data collectors

    Factry Historian comes with our default OPC-UA data collector. Due to the modular nature of Factry Historian, you can add additional collectors to gather data from multiple data sources.

  • Configure optional metric groups

    Metric groups can be used to add additional structure to your metrics. For example, you could group your metrics according to site or department.

  • Add and configure metrics or tags

    Batch import your tags or add them individually. Immediately after adding them, the collectors are notified of the change and start collecting new data.

  • User management

    Configure users and their access rights for the historian directly or integrate with LDAP.

Modular design

Factry Historian is robust, scalable and easy to maintain due to its modular design. The total system consists of the following components:

  • One or more collectors

    Collectors are compact, standalone components that typically run in the production network. They are responsible for collecting data from the data source e.g. from an OPC-UA server. Once collected, they forward the data to the office network for storage. Each collector has its own buffering capability to avoid data loss.

  • Runtime

    The runtime component runs in the office network and is responsible for receiving, validating and storing the data it receives.

  • Administration

    The administration component allows the user to add and configure collectors, tag groups, tags or metrics and user rights.

  • Database

    Factry Historian uses InfluxDB as its primary time-series data storage component. This high-performance database can handle multiple 100.000 writes per second. More advanced setups can use clustered databases for increased perfomance and high-availability architectures.

Migrating from your existing historian?

No problem! We have already replaced many historians from different vendors and provide the necessary migrations tools and services to make a smooth transition.