Voices: Other Voices

Self-service analytics for non-data-scientists

Predicting and averting process and equipment problems takes tools to easily search, annotate and analyze existing historian data.

By Bert Baeck
Aug 23, 2016

Though plant operations typically generate mind-boggling quantities of data—both structured and unstructured—plant engineers and operations personnel can only leverage a small percentage to make better process decisions. This is because most process data from plant systems is stored in online and off-line process historian archives, and process historian tools, although relatively simple to use, aren’t ideal for analyzing data or search queries. The archives are “write”-optimized and not “read/analytics”-optimized, so finding related historical events and building process context can be a time-consuming and laborious task.

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