Nalco Chemicals deploys hosted data historian from OSIsoft

Software plus services model centralizes operations data in Managed PI/SharePoint combo.

Nalco Chemicals has deployed a hosted version of OSIsoft’s PI System data historian to automate data collection from its global oil, gas and chemicals sites. Operations data from remote sites is now streamed to a centralized ‘Managed PI’ repository and analytics engine. The system is hosted on Nalco’s servers and managed by OSIsoft. Staff and customers access data, analytics and process KPIs through a SharePoint front end.

Nalco’s marketing manager for automation John Schlitt said, ‘In the chemical business, it’s important to document the performance of the chemicals that are used by our customers. OSIsoft’s Managed PI approach has let us centralize data collection for our customers.’

The solution leverages a complete Microsoft stack with SharePoint, SQL Server, Excel and PerformancePoint services. Microsoft’s Office Communications Server and Communicator also ran. In what is described as a ‘software plus services’ deployment, real-time information and analytic tools are hosted at the central location. Nalco technicians and customers can collaborate and analyze data in real time.

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