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Rockwell Automation Adds World-Class Historian to FactoryTalk Suite

FactoryTalk Historian SE represents first step in company's commitment to deliver a three-tier historian architecture serving both process and discrete industries

MILWAUKEE, Oct. 18, 2007 - To help manufacturers optimize production processes through the analysis of historical plant-floor data, Rockwell Automation today announced the availability of FactoryTalk Historian Site Edition (SE). The new software application helps manufacturers automatically identify, gather and configure high-speed detailed data from any control system or human-machine interface (HMI) software. Through sophisticated data analysis and reporting capabilities, manufacturers can then use this data to gain greater insight into production operations.

When using historian software applications, manufacturers traditionally need to go to each individual system on the plant floor to manually identify the data points used to gather production information. In some cases, this may include several thousand data points that would then need to be reviewed, approved and configured with the historian application - a potentially error-prone process that can often take weeks to complete. FactoryTalk Historian SE automatically discovers all controllers and HMI devices in the plant and their associated data points. This information is presented to the user who can review and approve the data, which can then be configured by FactoryTalk Historian SE in a matter of hours.

FactoryTalk Historian builds off of industry-leading technology licensed from OSIsoft and leverages the FactoryTalk Services Platform for premier integration with the Rockwell Automation Integrated Architecture™. Rockwell Automation designed FactoryTalk Historian based on a distributed, tiered architecture that enables employees in different locations and at different operating levels to view and analyze historical data from their unique perspectives. Operators, for example, can view data from the actual machine they are using, while plant-level supervisors can view individual machines or complete lines in real-time to build comparisons against standards, and assess how batches and critical processes are performing. Meanwhile, senior management can use the same technology to develop executive dashboards that compare key performance indicators (KPIs) of production activity across multiple locations.

"Our long-term FactoryTalk Historian strategy is designed to help ensure that organizations can access the right data at the right time, at any level of operations," said Kevin Roach, vice president of Software, Rockwell Automation. "Manufacturers can facilitate the information flow by tightly integrating historian capability at the device level and incorporating aspects of historian functionality into other relevant plant information applications. Doing so increases the breadth, depth and accuracy of available data."

FactoryTalk Historian SE collects stores, analyzes and visualizes production data using powerful data capture and storage engines, which can be used within process, discrete and hybrid environments. It also utilizes a variety of reporting tools such as time-series trends, bar charts, pie charts and tabular trends to enable an easy method for generating reports using Microsoft Excel. FactoryTalk Historian SE uses compressed storage data algorithms to contain vast amounts of data in small storage formats so users can retrieve data quickly over short or long time spans. The time-series data can then be used as a basis for various analytical activities throughout the plant to support continuous improvement and help decrease overhead costs by improving the efficiency of data collection and reporting.

Two new tools within FactoryTalk Historian are DataLink and ProcessBook. Both tools display real-time or historical data to help manufacturers gather and monitor data from the plant floor. FactoryTalk Historian DataLink provides a live link between the FactoryTalk Historian database and Microsoft Excel to help users more quickly access real-time or historical data from the application in a familiar graphical format of a spreadsheet. The FactoryTalk Historian ProcessBook helps manufacturers build collections of "display entries" that show data from one or more historical system, including static and dynamic information from outside sources such as trends, schematic drawings, laboratory data or specifications.

FactoryTalk Historian SE is part of the Data Management production discipline in the FactoryTalk integrated production and performance software suite, which delivers distinct business benefits across six production disciplines common to most manufacturing operations. These scalable software applications are designed for tight integration with the Rockwell Automation Logix Control Platform, as well as extensive connectivity to third-party and legacy systems.

Manufacturers can reserve a copy of FactoryTalk Historian SE at a special promotional price through Oct. 26, 2007 by visiting

Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK) is a leading global provider of industrial automation power, control and information solutions that help manufacturers achieve a competitive advantage in their businesses. The company brings together leading global brands in industrial automation which include Allen-Bradley controls and services and Rockwell Software factory management software. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., the company employs about 19,000 people serving customers in more than 80 countries.

For more information on the FactoryTalk Historian, please contact the Rockwell Automation Response Center, 10701 Hampshire Avenue South, Bloomington, Minn., 55438, 800.223.5354, ext. 2037, or visit the Integrated Architecture Information booth (#339) at Automation Fair held November 14-15, 2007.

Media contacts:
Paula Puess
Rockwell Automation

Dani Litt
Padilla Speer Beardsley Inc.

NOTE TO EDITORS: All reader inquiries should be directed to the Rockwell Automation Response Center, 10701 Hampshire Avenue South, Bloomington, Minn., 55438, 800.223.5354, ext. 2037.

Allen-Bradley, FactoryTalk, Integrated Architecture, Listen.Think.Solve. and Rockwell Software are trademarks of Rockwell Automation, Inc.
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