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System Migration: Wonderware to FactoryTalk Historian

By June 16, 2017 August 8th, 2019 No Comments

Project Drive

A diatomaceous earth processing company had two facilities with Wonderware Historian installations on older server hardware.

After years of exposure to an extremely harsh environment, the server at one of the facilities catastrophically failed. We were able to recover historical data from the machine and exported it to FactoryTalk Historian.

The Wonderware Historian configuration was migrated to FactoryTalk Historian and the data was imported with no loss of data.

Prior to hardware failure at the second site, we migrated their historical data in a similar way to FactoryTalk Historian


Our staff was familiar with the company’s existing systems as we had originally implemented them. We worked on new server hardware at each facility and installed all of the software components.

From there, we exported all of the Incuity components and imported them into VantagePoint, configured communications between FactoryTalk Historian and various PLCs, and configured communications between VantagePoint and FactoryTalk Historian.

Next we went through the existing Wonderware InSQL/Historian configuration and set up all of the tags to be imported into FactoryTalk Historian. Once imported we verified data was coming across correctly from the process.

Finally, we exported data from the existing Wonderware InSQL/Historian server and developed scripts to automatically import the data into FactoryTalk Historian.

The client was then able to use the new VantagePoint and FactoryTalk Historian system to view new data and all data that had been collected on the old system with a seamless transition. This allowed the customer to decommission and remove the old servers at each facility.


  • Reduced risk of data loss
  • All facilities on the same software platform
  • Improved backup strategies
  • Reduced licensing and support costs
  • Decreased risk of data loss
  • No data loss at either facility
  • Implemented and tested more robust backup strategies

Project Details

Lovelock, NV and Vale, OR
Database management, Technology Migration, Process Analytics


  • Wonderware Historian
  • Wonderware Historian Client
  • FactoryTalk Historian
  • FactoryTalk VantagePoint
  • SQL Server


  • Recover from hardware failure
  • Migrate historic data with no data loss
  • Implement and test new backup strategies
  • Reverse-engineer existing functionality
  • Develop system using new hardware and software
  • Implement system and train personnel on its operation
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