FactoryTalk Historian Machine Edition (ME) software from Rockwell Automation is designed to help manufacturers reduce the risk of machine downtime and reach continuous-improvement goals. This machine-level data historian application is an embedded, solid-state module hardened for on-machine data collection that features a limited software footprint, no moving parts, and reduced risk of data loss due to network or other system interruption. FactoryTalk Historian ME software helps manufacturers transform manufacturing intelligence into process improvements by leveraging reliable, real-time production data to improve product quality, speed time to market, and support regulatory compliance. The company designed the application as part of a distributed, tiered architecture that allows employees in different locations and at different operating levels to view and analyze role-appropriate historical data. By integrating data from a machine-level historian with data from a plant-level historian, operations can locate and correct sources of inefficiencies more quickly.