Seeq R20 is a combination of the innovative features introduced in R17 (monitoring, Journals) and R18 (Organizer Topics), combined with the ease of use and infrastructure work in R19.
The big bets in R20 include “LiveDocs” to create continuously updating Topics, vastly improved infrastructure for working with SQL-based data sources, and it expands on machine learning support introduced in 2017. All of this in addition to many fit and finish requests of our customers that leverage the tools panel to analyze and manage their data, and for Inductive Automation SCADA system customers additional integration of Seeq analytics into Ignition Vision windows.
Live Updating Organizer Topics
Topics - documents created in Seeq organize for assembling and publishing Seeq analyses - may now be defined as continuously updating documents or dashboards. The Topic graphics - such as charts and scorecard items created in Seeq Workbench and displayed in Topics - update in near real-time and can be tied to either calendar time ranges (last week, last shift, etc) or any user-defined capsule (last batch, 2nd to last system startup etc). Then, with a single click on a Topic document, users are brought from the live updating graphics to the underlying data and analytics in a read-only version of Seeq Workbench. The result is even more colleagues and employees within an organization can benefit from Seeq analyses as the readers or viewers of documents (PDF), web sites, or continuously updating dashboards that were created in Seeq.
Extended SQL Connector Capabilities
Many customers use Seeq’s support for SQL-based data sources to add context and even signal and condition definitions into Seeq. To date this has been a “one query/one row” model which was time consuming for customers seeking to import whole tables and data sets at a time with just one query. The result is users can now create formulas to be configured to continuously sync thousands of signals and conditions using a single server level configuration. These new signals can originate in SQL, MySQL, Oracle, or Postgres databases. These capabilities maintain our existing user level ad-hoc query functionality and greatly expand the ease of interaction with relational data sources.
Improved Analytical Tools
Capsules are a key innovation in Seeq as a way to handle and focus your queries, but the Tools menu is equally important as the set of capabilities to define, aggregate, calculate and analyze those capsules. As customers dig farther in more use case in many verticals, they have requested features to address scenarios which previously required the use of a Formula or multiple steps within a Tools panel. The result is improvements to the Prediction, Signal from Condition, Scorecard and Composite Conditions workflows which will reduce the time it takes to explore and derive value from your data. We are particularly excited to expand our machine learning capabilities in R20 while maintaining focus on keeping these innovations easy to use and leverage by every user of Seeq.
Prediction options have been expanded to incorporate additional modeling techniques including Principal Component Analysis (PCA) and Ridge Regression. These additional options enhance the existing machine learning tools allowing users to create live predictions based on cleansed, contextualized datasets drawn from multiple sources.
Signal from Condition & Scorecard
The ability to easily create KPIs and aggregations has been expanded to incorporate additional signal summary options which include the interpolated value at the start or end of a capsule. These options will help quantify the exact temperature or lab sample at the start or end of a batch or mode of operation.
Condition combination options have been both simplified and made more powerful. Users now select from a simplified list of join types which now include inside, outside, and touching functions.
User Requested Features
R20 wouldn't be a successful release without improvements inspired by feedback from our users across our many industries. Seeq R20 delivers on workflow improvements from our fantastic user base. We very much appreciate the feedback and are always delighted by the surprised responses from customers who find out we’ve turned around feature requests and innovations in a matter of months instead of years.
Ignition Vision Integration
Finally, customers using Seeq with the Inductive Automation Ignition module can now embed live updating Seeq Workbench graphics into any of their Ignition Vsion displays. Using the Ignition designer users can share live boundaries, calculations, scatter plots, treemaps and scorecards in any Ignition display. A single click on the updating graphics will launch users into Seeq workbench to continue an investigation or document an important event. Also, if Seeq is being used to monitor Ignition data, alerts based on Seeq analyses of the data may also be tied into the Ignition Alarms system. This combination of Ignition alarm, Vision Window, and Gateway integration enables a complete SCADA and analytics environment from users - from edge to insight - that is rapidly gaining customers in many vertical markets.
Automatically Open Journal
Clicking into the journal tab in Seeq Workbench will automatically open the text editor where users can document their analysis and all the steps which were taken to derive insights from their process data.
Page Breaks in Topics
In order to create formatting consistency in Topics users can add Page Breaks to make sure that when printed to PDF, reports and shift change reports look just the way they intend.
Worksheet Trash and Restoration
In the home screen users can move old or no longer applicable Workbench Analyses or Organizer Topics to the Trash. Any document in the trash also can be restored to the home screen if placed there accidentally.