GE Intelligent Platforms today announced its new visualization software solution, Proficy® Pulse, which empowers operators, engineers and analysts to view, analyze and co-relate real time operational situations and historical intelligence. The new software delivers the power to contextualize data within a single application and the ability to share with others via the web.
Combined with GE’s Proficy Historian, an industry leader in production data collection, Proficy Pulse enables customers to consolidate disparate data into a single viewpoint – driving continuous improvement activities, increasing quality through monitoring, facilitating faster troubleshooting, and driving accountability. Proficy Pulse consolidates operational and process data providing instant insight into operational health. Designed to cater to operational personnel, Proficy Pulse brings the performance of a real time HMI and delivers abilities to transform raw data into intelligence.
“Operational efficiency starts with an informed and efficient operator,” said Claire Cerrato, General Manager Automation Software for GE Intelligent Platforms. “The role of today’s operator is changing as he/she takes on more responsibilities to keep plants running. This requires operators to have access to as much operational information as they can get in the environment that they are most used to. Therefore, companies are looking for that ‘ergonomic’ HMI that presents operational data beyond the traditional HMI to analyze large volumes of data from many sources, making objective decisions based on complex, real-time information.”
Features of Proficy Pulse include:
Real-time HMI – Proficy Pulse is a true OPC DA and OPC Alarms & Events client, providing users with the ability to view and interact with real-time data from operational devices, HMI/SCADA systems and other software. It can directly interface with native OPC servers like the Industrial Gateway Server (IGS) as well as other third party OPC servers to provide an open architecture for HMI functionality.
On the Fly Historian Analysis – Proficy Pulse provides operators with the flexibility to switch to an Analysis mode with Proficy Historian on the fly either for the entire display/s or individual elements on the display. This provides a completely new insight into the daily functioning of the operator providing the ability to visualize operations from a pro-active basis versus a reactive basis leading to more efficiency in operations.
Open Architecture – Proficy Pulse supports industry standard interfaces like OPC, ADO, OLEDB and ODBC to allow for interfaces into different kinds of data sources that can be combined for co-relation with actual operational data.
Flexible Graphics Editor – With a rich set of graphic objects and drawing tools, Proficy Pulse provides an excellent canvas for development of operational user interfaces. Integrated Microsoft Visual Basic scripting allows developers to customize navigation, interface external applications, define actions and design composite applications within the Pulse environment. Ability to drop in ActiveX and OCX controls provides Pulse increased flexibility to bring enhanced content into the environment. All of this with the ability to create and reuse custom objects with rapid deployment, change and versioning capability makes Pulse on the leading edge as a Visualization and Analysis editor.
Background Scheduler – Proficy Pulse’s robust and efficient scripting engine also allows users to define schedules that could be both periodic and event based to drive analytical and real time actions. The schedules can act as a source for performing various critical functions like triggering reports, initiating workflows, generating analytical samples etc.
Intelligent and Collaborative User Environment – Proficy Pulse participates in Operational Workflows defined through GE Intelligent Platforms’ Proficy Workflow product, to make the operator a collaborative part of the greater Operational metric. And, it also integrates with Proficy Cause+ analysis tools to provide the operator with intelligence to make the right decisions at the right time at every step in his/her daily functions. Proficy Pulse also tightly integrates with Proficy Plant Applications to bring in interaction with the Operational KPIs to the operator.
Visualization Ergonomics for Operators - Proficy Pulse consolidates all the operational systems into a single environment for increased efficiency and ease of operation.
“With the loss of experienced workers, growing volatility in raw materials, energy, and finished goods markets, and the increasingly more demanding and complex manufacturing environment, the need for improved operator situational awareness is on the rise,” according to Tom Fiske, Ph.D. Senior Analyst at ARC Advisory Group. “Currently, there is a dearth of tools available specifically aimed at bringing multiple data sources together that provide operational context, intelligence, and situational awareness for operators so they can profitably respond to changing market conditions. ARC sees a growing need for more types of tools like Proficy Pulse.“
Proficy Pulse (ge-ip.com/pulse) is a scalable single application, multiple deployment product allowing the application to be deployed on embedded devices like panels and tablets to desktop computers to thin clients like a Terminal Services client on Bar codes or a Web Client through the browser. In addition, Proficy Pulse comes with a totally integrated Change Management support tool that allows for application deployment, application versioning, disaster recovery and collaborative application development change control.
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