Seeq R53 introduces new features to transform users’ workflows while continuing to improve our existing tools.
The major changes in R53 include the addition of asset groups, a restructuring of Scorecards/Tables, and support for the German language. In addition, various improvements were made to facilitate analytical workflows and offer more options for administrators to monitor their Seeq servers.
A key component of modern analytics is scalability. An informative analysis has been developed for one piece of equipment but how can we gain similar insights from all of our equipment? Seeq is addressing this question through the use of asset trees. Whether through “asset swapping” to reapply calculations across similar assets or Treemaps to allow for fleet-wide asset monitoring, Seeq has added many ways to monitor at scale.
Previously, these asset trees could only be indexed from external asset management datasources like OSIsoft Asset Framework or developed using Python programming via Seeq Data Lab. The inclusion of asset groups now brings this ability to create asset trees to regular Seeq Workbench users.
In the asset group modal, scalars, signals and conditions can be added based on the particular asset they correspond to. Formula derived calculations based on these attributes can also be added in case these calculations need to be accessible directly in the asset tree. Once saved, all of options mentioned before for scaling calculations are available to a user.
Tables and Scorecards
Seeq has transformed its Scorecard view to Table view to reflect expanded capabilities. Individual metrics are no longer required to create a table visualization, so users will be able to create both statistic summary and detailed capsule tables to share results more quickly across the organization in Organizer Topics. Metrics can still be used to color the tables based on thresholds. These tables can be applied across assets to quickly scale an analysis across many similar things.
Tables can also be transposed as needed when it's easier to view these calculations as rows instead of columns. Users can sort and filter these tables based on values, thresholds, or text. Pairing an asset display with sorting and filtering will help users quickly prioritize daily activities and investigations. The style of table headers can now be modified to change font style and colors to add polish to reports and dashboards. All of these aesthetic modifications can be copied along with the table and pasted into an Excel workbook or email.
Seeq unterstützt jetzt Deutsch! (Seeq now supports German) Users can now choose to see the Seeq product in the German language rather than in English. From the description of tools in Workbench to the properties of Organizer Topic, all aspects of Seeq Workbench and Organizer can now be shown in German.
Improved Analytics Workflow
Manual Signal allows for users to add samples to signals without needing to upload a CSV file. Some examples where this tool will come in handy are for updating planned targets or entering a small amount of manually measured data.
Signal Smoothing and Digital Signal Filtering
The suite of tools for data cleansing has been enhanced to be more accessible to our users. With the introduction of these two tools, cleansing algorithms that previously were only available as formula functions can now be used in click and point tools.
The Signal Smoothing tool can be used to reduce high frequency noise from signals. Using various algorithms such as an exponentially weighted moving average or our agile filtering, signals can be smoothed to expedite your analyses.
The Digital Signal Filtering tool can be used to remove target frequency bands or oscillations from a signal. Use this filter when you want to focus on particular frequencies in your signal for your analysis
Trending: Logarithmic Y-Axis
Users can now select Linear or Logarithmic when Customizing the display from the Details Pane to display signals against a Logarithmic y-axis. This axis is useful when assessing rate of changes in a signal or monitoring signals that frequently have large values that would skew linear axes.
Additional Tool Improvements
Other tools that were improved or added were:
- Reference Profile
- Reference profile can now accept multiple inputs for cases where a more accurate golden profile can be developed when incorporating related signals and conditions used in similar processes
- XY Plot
- Scatter Plot mode has been renamed to XY Plot due to the inclusion of our new mode, Density Plot. With it, users can view the sample density of two signals. This allows for relationships between two signals to be deduced by placing an emphasis on their common behavior rather than on how they change over time.
Various features were added that help to make Organizer Topic the center for reporting.
- Capsule Selection: Fixed date ranges support the option to only display data during selected capsules.
- Fixed Page Width: Documents can now have their width modified to reflect how they’ll look when printed as a PDF
- View Only Date Range Modifications: Users in view-only can modify date ranges to view reports at different times. These modifications won’t affect the original report
- New Organizer Topic Experience: Seeq is transforming the layout of Organizer to introduce new features. The first step towards this was to change the text editor. The new text editor provides additional features such as more font control, table formatting, and easier recognition of page breaks.
Scheduled SDL Notebooks
Seeq Data Lab now supports scheduling. Scripts can now be ran on a recurring schedule rather than being executed manually. This enables use cases where data is being repeatedly sent into Seeq, topics that are updated with custom Data Lab visualizations, or sending Data Lab notifications. Have a look at the spy.jobs Documentation to learn more.
Seeq has added numerous features to ease the lives of administrators as they continually monitor their Seeq server.
Connector configuration files can now point to files for authentication rather than containing the passwords themselves. This allows for passwords to be kept in a secure location to add an additional layer of security in Seeq
A key part of administrating a Seeq server is monitoring server performance to troubleshoot issues or address potential problems before they occur. Seeq has introduced a variety of server wide metrics that will help expedite these administrative processes. Some examples of the metrics included are available disk space and memory, server load, and authenticated users. Below are a few of the problems these metrics have helped solve
- Determining why a datasource was having slow response times and proposing solutions to address it
- Monitoring disk space to prevent Seeq server shutdowns and plan for reducing disk space or adding more disks
- Analyzing server load to identify bottle neck periods and determine what is occurring during that time
In R22.0.49, Seeq included the ability to schedule reports such that an Organizer Topic would update its contents at a recurring time rather than when its opened. This functionality empowered all users to transform their workflow but at the same time it made it harder for administrators to monitor all of the things occurring on their Seeq servers. To address this, Seeq included a Reports tab in the Administrator’s pane. There all reports (whether they’re scheduled, live or static) are shown along with relevant information about the report such as the owner, number of pieces of content on it, and when is it scheduled to run again. These columns can be sorted and filtered when looking to focus on a particular group of reports.
For a graphical representation, the Chart view can be toggled to show how the total report run time is distributed over the course of a week. Administrators can dive deeper to see how the total run time varies during each hour of a day.