GE Intelligent Platforms has upgraded its core automation software products to bring the power of the industrial internet to its manufacturing customers.
The industrial internet, which refers to the integration of machinery with networked sensors and software, brings together machine learning, big data, the internet of things and machine-to-machine communication to enable manufacturers to automatically collect and analyse real-time data from machines and use this data to improve operational processes.
“The Industrial Internet is all about access to information,” said Matthew Wells, GE Intelligent Platforms’ general manager for automation software. “Access to accurate, timely production and process data is critical and that is what these solutions deliver. We leverage the latest technologies and listen to the needs of our customers to make the industrial internet real for them and their businesses.”
Upgrades GE’s Proficy Mobile software solution include Proficy Mobile Tasks, which enables operators and technicians to view workflows and develop a dynamic task list with interactive, step-by-step instructions to drive plant operations. Integrated with GE’s SCADA systems, Mobile Tasks provides all operators with real-time data about upcoming issues, enabling them to respond more quickly and mitigate risks before they occur. In addition to reducing downtime, this helps to increase operational efficiency and ensures regulatory compliance.
The new Mobile Notes function enables operators to enter comments, take and attach photographs and other details on documents, which can be accessed by other employees in the enterprise. This increases collaboration across the company.
GE has also updated Proficy HMI/SCADA – CIMPLICITY platform, which monitors and controls every aspect of a company’s SCADA environment. Version 9.0 features improved configuration capabilities, richer protocols, a new object library and an improved operator experience. The new capabilities enable users to build structured databases and develop applications quickly, extend the reach of existing systems and benefit from real-time operational intelligence. This reduces to time to value.
The latest release of Proficy HMI/SCADA - iFIX includes advanced visualisation tools and support for dynamic graphics resolution, including more efficient rendering and reduced central processing unit footprint. This enables companies to drive better analytics and increase the flexibility and scalability of applications. It also allows users to deploy iFIX graphics on widescreen monitors, LCD TVs and move graphics from one resolution to another.
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