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MathWorks Adds OPC-HDA Support for Process Historian Data Analysis within MATLAB

Provides ability to access, visualize, and analyze historical process data from OPC Historical Data Access servers

Natick, Mass. - (18 Aug 2011)

MathWorks today announced a major update of the OPC Toolbox product, offering support for the OPC Foundation Historical Data Access (HDA) standard. MATLAB users in the Power & Utilities, Chemical, and Oil & Gas industries can now access and visualize historical process data from an OPC HDA server, identify trends, and perform root cause analysis to help continually improve their operations.

Data acquisition platforms are critical tools  for reliably gathering, archiving and serving enterprise data.  To perform advanced analyses and extract important information from the massive volumes of process data that is captured requires a powerful analytical engine. With the OPC HDA access in OPC Toolbox, process specialists can more efficiently apply MATLAB data visualization, data analysis, and numeric computation capabilities to historical OPC data.  They can also automate common analysis tasks, generate reports, create customized data analysis GUIs, or integrate these analytics back into their process historian.

“The process industries are faced with the challenge of quickly analyzing the volumes of data they have collected and performing root cause analysis to continually improve operations,” said Graham Dudgeon, energy production industry marketing manager, MathWorks.  “By providing easier access to this data within MATLAB environment, we are enabling process engineers to perform more advanced analyses, such as root cause analysis, which can lead to significant process improvements and cost savings.”

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