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GE’s New Monitoring & Analysis Software Suite Maximizes Business Value
with Proven Analytic Capabilities and Access to Data in the Cloud
Proficy Monitoring & Analysis includes industry’s first solution to address Industrial Big Data by combining industrial Historian technology with Hadoop
First integrated software solution to combine asset health with process optimization
Enables companies to scale from data collection at the controller to the enterprise and in the Cloud in one solution
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA — JUNE 20, 2013 —GE Intelligent Platforms (NYSE: GE) today announced the
availability of its new Proficy Monitoring & Analysis software suite, the industry’s first integrated
solution for industrial big data management and analytics. It allows companies to manage equipment
and process data to maximize performance with advanced products that capture, store, contextualize
and analyze data and presents actionable insights for fast and effective decision making.
The Proficy Monitoring & Analysis suite is comprised of six integrated products: Proficy Historian, GE’s
flagship data collection software; Proficy Historian Analysis for data mining and visualization; Proficy
SmartSignal for predictive analytics for condition-based monitoring; and Proficy CSense to
troubleshoot process problems, monitor process health and create close loop process optimization.
Two additional products are new to the offering and include Proficy Historian HD that allows storage
of massively large data sets in a Hadoop cluster, and Proficy Knowledge Center, a console that ties the
solution together with process visibility, asset health assessment and process optimization.
GE’s Proficy Historian HD is the first solution to combine industrial data and analytics with elastic
capacity creating a Big Data solution built on Hadoop; the first step toward GE’s vision for the
Industrial Internet. The software facilitates advanced analytics on industrial big data to improve
process performance, troubleshoot process problems, and predict and prevent asset failures. Built
collaboratively with GE’s Software Center of Excellence, Historian HD enables users to bring together
an entire set of historical time-series data while reducing data storage costs by as much as 85%.
“GE manages 5 TB of new time-series data per day,” said Brian Courtney, General Manager of GE
Intelligent Platforms’ Industrial Data Intelligence Software group. “Our experience in big data and
analytics that maximize equipment and process performance mitigates the risk for other companies.
“We use the software ourselves in our own Monitoring & Diagnostics centers to manage trillions of
dollars in asset value,” he continued. “Today, in the GE Industrial Performance and Reliabilty Center, GE
engineers monitor thousands of mission critical assets for our customers to ensure uptime, asset
reliability overall production throughput."
Another new part of the suite is Proficy Knowledge Center, a model-driven, browser-based
visualization application. Tightly coupling an asset data model with historical time-series data, Proficy
Knowledge Center supports unified views of process health and equipment health for increasing
productivity and decision making. The solution builds on Proficy Historian to efficiently store and
display immense amounts of time-series data. Results of data analyzed by Proficy CSense or Proficy
SmartSignal are then visualized through the Knowledge Center in model context making it easy to
navigate and understand.
The Proficy Monitoring & Analysis software suite can be used remotely to monitor one plant or all of a
company’s global operations. As a result, it provides information to increase equipment availability and
reduce unplanned downtime, improve yield and reduce variability, and reduce maintenance costs and
inventory. The Proficy Monitoring & Analysis suite provides four essential capabilities:
Improved data management: The platform can manage and aggregate all time-series data and
process data for authorized personnel anywhere with access to a web browser. Tremendous volumes
of real-time data can be collected, archived, and distributed at extremely high speeds and low storage
costs—in the Cloud. More data over longer periods of time can allow for advanced analysis and
greater insight into actual versus optimal equipment and process performance—leading to a
Improved asset health: Using advanced predictive analytics and diagnostics, companies can monitor
all critical assets automatically and continuously, 24 hours/day. The software “learns” normal asset
behavior and detects variances to provide early warnings of impending problems, with diagnoses of
equipment and process failures and prioritizations based on severity. Early warning reduces
catastrophic equipment failure and enables proactive versus costly reactive maintenance.
Process optimization: The software also optimizes processes with advanced analytics that identify
unknown correlations in process variables that can lead to sub-optimal performance. It allows for
what-if analysis to find solutions that optimize processes—at the same time optimizing for asset
health. Process optimization increases yield, while reducing variability.
Data visualization: The suite features web-based reporting to deliver role- and asset-based
information that unlocks the value of the data in context to the right person at the right time.
“This Proficy software suite allows a company to move from reactive to proactive. It allows them to
start small and scale to massive based on their needs. And, it allows them to leverage local systems
and cloud solutions - all from the same product suite.” concluded Courtney.
For more information on GE’s industrial data intelligence solutions, click here.
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