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MES solutions represent a connection between the IT world and automation processes. They offer solutions for the optimization of operational production processes and, they contribute to increasing efficiency in your company. The full traceability of quality and production data is guaranteed - which means a competitive advantage for your company.

Over many years, the MES software series Plant Historian has been applied in international industrial enterprises in different countries in Europe, Asia and South America. Best practice was the key to continuous development and improvement of Plant Historian. Plant Historian is an ‚out of the box‘  solution for long-term archiving and the evaluation of alarms and events, process data archiving and analysis, laboratory and machine data acquisition, digital shift book and energy management according to ISO 50001, OEE and production data.

The use of Plant Historian brings higher transparency, data availability and plant security to your company.


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Plant Historian AM

Systematic Alarm Management for more Plant Security and Transparency


The MES software Plant Historian AM – Alarm Management – is a company-wide applicable, central solution for long-term message archiving and analysis for your process control system.

Comprehensive analysis functions support structured procedures for alarm reduction and plant optimization. Systematic alarm management means a relief for the plant staff and stands for plant safety. Optimization approaches can be identified early and continuously and can be realized sustainably.  

Alarm management and Alarm rationalization (rationalization of alarms, configuration of alarm parameters and prioritization) are essential for an increased security of plant and personnel.



  • Increased plant security and availability
  • Identification of bad operations
  • Support for alarm reduction

Core Features

  • A&E evaluation of frequency and distribution, e.g. according to calendar weeks
  • KPI reporting according to ISA 18.2, NAMUR NA102 and EEMUA 191
  • Direct alarm forwarding via SMS, E-mail, phone

Plant Historian AR

Alarm Rationalization for increased Plant Security


Alarm rationalization describes the comparison of alarms with the respective alarm concept as well as the determination and documentation of the alarm reasons.

Rationalization of alarms also comprehends the configuration of alarm parameters.

Another important feature is the recording of possible consequences and corrective actions for occurring alarms and their prioritization.

The prioritization of alarms is normally based on the effects of ignoring alarms (damage to people, environment and machine) and the remaining reaction time for the operator in an alarm situation.


  • Increased plant security through conscious alarm prioritization
  • Support for alarm reduction
  • Alarm prioritization starts the MoC process (Management of Change)

Core Features

  • Intuitive alarm classification
  • Validation of the rationalization measures (comparison of planned and actual data)
  • Basic/initial situation for alarm rationalization directly from the process control technology

Plant Historian PDA

Process Data Archiving: Recording, Analysis and Archiving of Process Data


The MES software Plant Historian PDA – Process Data Archiving – is a central system for the recording, analysis and archiving of process data.

Plant operators benefit from the complete, company-wide availability of process data and comprehensive and intuitive analysis functions.


  • ƒQuality control and process optimization
  • Optimization of internal and external communication
  • ƒTransparent visualization of the plant status

Core Features

  • ƒNumerous analysis tools and display options
  • ƒTrend display with visualization of the associated process control system messages and direct display of limit value violations

Plant Historian RDA

Remote Data Access


The MES software Plant Historian RDA – Remote Data Access – is a central system for the recording and control of selected data points from remote equipment / locations.

Remote data access is an instrument enabling plant engineers to use personnel and materials effectively and save time and costs, particularly in warranty periods.



  • Security as a result of early error detection
  • Regular control of the plant status
  • Remote ad hoc analysis of industrial plants


  • Global remote access to equipment and plants
  • Fault reporting from remote plants
  • Archiving and analysis of remote plants, machines and equipment

Plant Historian BDE

Paperless Acquisition of Operational Data for more effective Production Processes


The MES software Plant Historian BDE - Operational Data Acquisition - is a system for the central recording, visualization, documentation and evaluation of operational data.

Effective production processes require effective operational data management. Users of the MES software Plant Historian BDE benefit from secure digital data acquisition and fast reaction options in cases of limit value violations.

The input mask  can be individually configured by the user, without any programming effort. Centrally recorded data like batch and quality data, quantities, running times and downtimes in correlation with possible reasons can be output as shift or production reports or in any other kind of report.


  • Central paperless acquisition of operational data
  • Support for internal and external audits
  • Escalation in cases of limit value violation and indication of procedural instructions

Core Features

  • Manual or automated acquisition of manual values
  • Manual or automatic reporting
  • Numerous analysis tools and display options

Plant Historian RM



the MES software Plant Historian RM - Reporting Module - is a central  system for the automated creation of production-relevant reports such as shift, audit and batch reports or loading documents.

The clear reports support you both in your internal processes and in your cooperation with your customers and business partners.

Plant Historian RM offers a flexible reporting system that can be completely adapted to your needs. Recurring reports like shift reports or daily evaluations can be automatically forwarded to predefined recipients at regular intervals.


  • The right information to the right recipients at the right time
  • Automatic creation and forwarding of KPI and OEE reports
  • Use of existing Excel templates

Core Features

  • Output of reports as PDF or in Excel
  • ƒAutomated forwarding to predefined recipients
  • ƒAny kind of report type: shift, daily, monthly etc.

Plant Historian EM

Energy Controlling and Energy Monitoring according to ISO 50001


The MES software Plant Historian EM - Energy Management - is an energy monitoring and controlling system  for the complete recording of energy flows and for the identification of energy efficiency potentials and their realization.

Users benefit from data transparency, detailed display options and the possibility to control and optimize energy costs. 

The MES solution Plant Historian EM - Energy Management - offers energy montoring and controlling according to DIN EN ISO 50001.


  • Transparency of energy data and ressources used
  • Automated reporting of energy data
  • Reduction of energy costs

Core Features

  • Evaluation of consumptions and cost centers
  • Visual display options for cunsumptions, peak loads etc.
  • Validation and alarming of balancing groups

Plant Historian MDE/MDA

Machine Data Acquisition


The MES software Plant Historian MDE/MDA - Machine Data Acquisition - is a system for the central acquisition, control and evaluation of machine data. Plant Historian MDE/MDS - Machine Data Acquisition - offers the complete acquisition and recording of machine data.

Information is presented transparently. An effective monitoring and evaluation of machine data and processes is guaranteed.

Recorded data are the basis for the identification of optimization potentials and the continuous optimization of processes.


  • ƒTransparent presentation of the machine status
  • ƒImmediate detection of deviations
  • ƒIncrease in machine availability

Core Features

  • ƒAcquisition of technical operational data
  • ƒDetermination of key figures and benchmarking
  • ƒTransparent machine monitoring and analysis

Plant Historian OEE

Overall Equipment Effectiveness


The MES software Plant Historian OEE - Overall Equipment Effectiveness - enables the plant operator to record, analyze and document unplanned losses and downtimes (short-term lack of staff, system malfunction etc.). The overall equipment effectiveness of a system is a product of the factors

  • availability
  • performance
  • quality


  • Transparent presentation of production data
  • Immediate detection of deviations
  • Incresed availability as a result of direct information forwarding of the machine/plant status


  • Recording of technical operational data
  • Determination of key figures and benchmarking (overall equipment effectiveness)
  • Transparent machine monitoring and analysis

Plant Historian HMI

Visualization of Production / Manufacturing Processes


The module Plant Historian HMI - Visualization - provides the visualization per drag & drop of different production key figures on one surface:

  • Machine data (MDE/MDA)
  • Production and manufacturing units
  • Alarms and events
  • OEE key figures
  • Actual process values


  • Abstract visualization of plant status and consolidate information
  • Networked presentation of machine and production units
  • Transparency due to information networking (Big Data)

Core Features

  • Flexible dashboarding per drag & drop
  • Personalized layouts
  • Presentation of alarms & events, process or machine data, OEE key figures etc. on one surface

Plant Historian SB

Electronic Shift Book


The MES software Plant Historian SB - Shift Book - is a central system providing the digital acquisition and documentation of shift events.

Instructions, shift information and events are recorded and archived uniformly across the whole company. Customer-specific  checklists and forms can also be integrated into the shift book.

Data are recorded completely and in compliance with the regulations along the whole production chain.

NEW - Our digital shift book solution is also available as web version!


  • ƒReduced data acquisition, report and research effort
  • ƒStatistic evaluation options
  • ƒSimple handling

Core Features

  • ƒDocumentation and recording of shift events
  • Individual generation of shift schedules
  • Audit compliance

Plant Historian PM

Predictive Maintenance


Plant Historian PM - Predictive Maintenance - provides the possibility of a preventive reaction concerning machine disturbances and standstills. The tool reduces downtimes, saves operational ressources and decreases maintenance costs.

Predictive Maintenance provides permanent equipment (assets) monitoring – by using sensors measuring vibration, temperature humidity etc.

Predictive Maintenance allows action instead of reaction.


  • Reduction of downtimes
  • Predictive maintenance measures
  • Planning predictability in production

Core Features

  • Control of all maintenance-relevant data
  • Recognition of maintenance tendencies as a result of accumulation of data (Big Data)
  • Recording of maintenance measures

Plant Historian PTT

Process Tracking & Tracing


RFID helps to document, which material is intended for which production unit (furnace, casting machine, packaging units etc.) - thus avoiding the supply of any material to the wrong production unit.

The material flows are fast, visible and traceable at any time.

The result is a more efficient logistic process with increased quality and less costs due to error avoidance.


  • ƒTraceability of recorded process data
  • ƒError avoidance in planning, control and documentation processes of the material flow
  • ƒThe right material to the right production unit

Core Features

  • ƒCoordination and optimal use of ressources
  • ƒLinking of transport systems with plant automation
  • ƒIntuitive user surface

Plant Historian DCL

Digital Checklists - simple, reliable and secure


Securitiy and work relief are the characterisitics of a scanner-based data acquisition and control system.

The complete cylic data acquisition and control are guaranteed.  Defective parts are documented and immediately reported to the maintenance department as "task to be completed". This will create a workflow that sustainably optimizes communication among quality management, maintenance and other departments.

Digital data acquisition facilitates research for certain results, e.g. when keeping a glass register according to ISO 22 000.

A practical example (only in German): iScan Glaslisten-Management - Digitale Checklisten in der Lebensmittelindustrie


  • All documents / lists are digitized and available at any time
  • Data acquisition is reduced to necessary input fields
  • Plausibility check of recorded data
  • Escalation logic in cases of non-acquisition of data or limit value violation

Core Features

  • Data acquisition is possible on site at the plant, even without any connection to the network, but with later synchronization
  • Data acquisition via scanner, tablet, smartphone or Windows Client
  • Platform independence (Mac, IOS, Windows, Android etc.)