GE Intelligent Platforms has announced the availability of the latest version of Proficy Troubleshooter and Proficy Cause+ Version 5.0. The solution enables an intelligent form of causal analysis, proactive alarming and decision support so users can react faster and correct issues before a problem occurs.
Offline analysis of historical process data is an integral part of process optimisation and production tracking. OPC helps maximise the return on process history investments by providing a standardised mechanism for collection of real-time process data and by enabling scalable multivendor and distributed historical analysis solutions.
Several enhancements to the Experion Process Knowledge System (PKS) help process manufacturers more easily and cost-effectively manage their automation and control systems. Experion R400 includes advancements that lower the cost of open system ownership, with features such as an extended support life, flexible, direct on-process migration paths, virtualisation and easier installation and migration. These elements are intended to allow industrial facilities to focus on leveraging open systems benefits to improve business instead of managing the challenges with systems themselves.
Invensys Operations Management has released Wonderware Information Server version 4.0 software for web-based graphical visualisation, reporting and analysis of real-time plant operations data, designed to help drive productivity improvements across organisations. The version features: support for ArchestrA graphics, critical for those using the company’s Wonderware systems platform and InTouch HMI products; enhanced operating system support; and improved web-based graphics built on Microsoft Silverlight technology.
FactoryTalk Historian Machine Edition (ME) is a machine-level historian that collects data directly from the backplane of the controller. This solid-state, embedded historian module is hardened for on-machine data collection and features a limited software footprint, no moving parts and reduced risk of data loss due to network or other system interruption.
Honeywell has announced it is providing virtualisation technology for its Experion Process Knowledge System (PKS). This technology can help manufacturers streamline Experion system management and lower the total cost of ownership by up to 30%.
GE Intelligent Platforms has announced Industrial Gateway Server (IGS) 7.5 drivers for the company’s Proficy software. The enhanced offering, utilising industry-standard Kepware KEPServerEX and driver technology, includes more than 100 protocols, which are claimed to enable connectivity to thousands of different control hardware and instruments.
Integrators frequently use OPC technology to connect one industrial automation or process control system with another so that data can be shared between the two systems. Because OPC technology is based on a client-server architecture, the challenge is that two OPC servers cannot communicate with each other directly.
GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms has released Proficy Workflow for Food & Beverage/Consumer Packaged Goods. By leveraging electronic work instructions and exception management, this software solution is designed to help food and beverage and packaged goods manufacturers reduce variation in performance, cost and quality.
GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms has announced the latest version of its batch control software, Proficy Batch Execution 5.5.
Today’s manufacturing companies face many pressures, including rising costs for raw materials, labour and distribution, not to mention customer demands for higher quality at lower prices. Yet these significant challenges can be used to spark new opportunities to improve the way businesses are run.
The Longwatch Video Historian now offers Canary Labs Trend Historian and Trend Link software that enables users to link video with plant data. Together, the two systems archive all the relevant information - video and real-time data - from a process or automation system, making it much easier for plant operators and engineers to analyse events, alarms and actions.
In an increasingly competitive environment, companies need to gain a sustainable advantage by achieving operational excellence, a journey that begins with data that gives process visibility.
Businesses have been touting the financial benefits of manufacturing execution systems (MES) software ever since it became available in the early 1990s. Unfortunately, MES has followed a path similar to that of enterprise resource planning (ERP), meaning that many early implementations did not reach their promised goals.
Honeywell has released its manufacturing execution system (MES) Quick Start solution for small and medium process manufacturing businesses in Australia and New Zealand.