A SimApi is a software interface between a Sartorius Stedim Data Analytics software and a data source. The primary purpose of a SimApi is to provide data to SIMCA-online, SIMCA and Easy Analytics from the data source.
Sartorius Stedim Data Analytics develops SimApis for many different data sources, such as process historians and general purpose databases.
The SimApi specification is public, so anyone can develop SimApis for data sources that Sartorius Stedim Data Analytics does not currently support.
This web page provides documentation for all SimApis, and links to SimApis which are offered from partners and other companies.
The Sartorius Stedim Data Analytics HDA SimApi connects to a data source using the industry standard OPC HDA.
The Sartorius Stedim Data Analytics DA SimApi connects to a data source using the industry standard OPC DA.
The Sartorius Stedim Data Analytics ODBC SimApi connects to a SQL database with process data. The required database schema is described in the user guide.
The Sartorius Stedim Data Analytics PI AF SimApi connects to an OSIsoftPI Server, specifically the PI Data Archive and the PI AF (Asset Framework) Server.
This SimApi is built by and fully supported by Sartorius Stedim Data Analytics unlike the OSIsoft PI SimApi described in the next section.
The OSIsoft PI interface connects to to an OSIsoft PI Server, specifically the PI Data Archive. The interface can connect to both the PI Batch Database and the PI Asset Framework (AF). Read more at the OSIsoft Partner Solutions Showcase.
This interface is offered by OSIsoft who in their terminology refers to it as the PI interface for SIMCA-online or SimBatchOL, with part number PI-IN-SIM-BO-NT.
2017-09-30: OSIsoft will continue supporting this interface but will stop selling it. Customers should instead use the Sartorius Stedim Data Analytics PI AF SimApi (see above).
The Sartorius Stedim Data Analytics Wonderware Historian SimApi connects to a Wonderware Historian data source.
The Sartorius Stedim Data Analytics IP21 SimApi connects to an AspenTech InfoPlus.21 data source. Multiple batch historians are supported simultaneously.
The Sartorius Stedim Data Analytics Discoverant SimApi connects to a Accelrys Discoverant data source.
The Optimal SynTQ SimApi connects to a SynTQ system and permits the extraction of data from a SynTQ database. The SimApi allows historical data to be retrieved for analysis and also allows current data to be obtained from a running orchestration. It is not possible to write data to the SynTQ database.
The SynTQ SimApi is available directly from Optimal. Please contact contact Optimal for further details.
The Sartorius Stedim Data Analytics BioPAT® Spectro SimApi connects to a BioPAT® Spectro NIR-online spectrometer. Contact Sartorius for more information.
This SimApi is not available for download. Contact Sartorius Stedim Data Analytics to obtain it.
The Sartorius Stedim Data Analytics Batch Table Wrapper SimApi can be used to generate a batch node from process data in a system where batch information is otherwise not available. This makes it possible to execute batch projects in SIMCA-online. Batch Table Wrapper can also make batch identifiers unique to SIMCA-online by modifying data from an existing batch node.
The Sartorius Stedim Data Analytics CSV SimApi reads the most recent data from text files with comma separated values (CSV).
This SimApi is not available to purchase. Please contact Sartorius Stedim Data Analytics directly to obtain it.
A SimApi need not implement all functions in the specification. For this reason, different SimApis offer different functionality. The following table lists all available SimApis and their features. The individual features are explained below the table. Notice that tha table has separate columns to show which features are available in SIMCA-online and Easy Analytics/SIMCA respectively.