GE Tackles Industrial Big Data Problems with Proficy Solution

Solution is designed to manage enterprise-wide industrial data, enabling visibility to data for quick and easy process improvement.

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GE Intelligent Platforms has shipped Proficy Historian 5.0 and Proficy Historian Analysis, a combined solution that enables improved operational productivity by providing a reliable, secure, high-speed, scalable platform for aggregating industrial big data. The solution allows companies to contextualize, analyze, and visualize huge amounts of data and act on it quickly to improve their operations.

Robust operations data management is a capability and a requirement that impacts all industries where often IT and technology systems that have evolved over time cannot support strategic growth initiatives. The new Proficy Historian 5.0, combined with Proficy Historian Analysis, provides enhanced features that facilitate a conversation between IT and senior management because the data provides an enterprise operations intelligence platform that accelerates complete context in the decision-making process.

In addition, Historian 5.0 allows for multiple data stores so companies can separate regulatory data from process data for easy reporting to meet differing requirements. Data stores are a powerful new concept in time-series data management, allowing for the partitioning and fit -for-purpose optimization of Proficy Historian,, giving companies control over how their archiver performs, how data gets managed, and how system resources are allocated to reduce overall cost of ownership, improve performance, and enable compliance.

The Proficy software platform provides a highly scalable data management platform with a low total cost of ownership and quick time-to-value that helps companies quickly make sense of their data. The solution features built-in data collection, high data compression, and control and business system independence, which translate to reduced customization.

At GE Energy’s Monitoring & Diagnostics Centers, Proficy Historian has reduced the data footprint of monitoring more than 1500 turbines in 60 countries from 50 terabytes to 10. Year-over-year fleet analysis requiring access to massive time series data sets, which previously took days to complete, can now be completed in minutes. In addition, the company has saved millions of dollars by doing predictive analysis on the turbines facilitating planned downtime for repairs and maintenance. And, they have increased their customer satisfaction twofold.

Adding the new Proficy Historian Analysis to the platform provides Web-based visualization of trend data, reporting, search capability, and collaboration enabled by the Industrial Internet. This analysis tool gives process engineers a good view into Historian data for actionable information. They can use the tool to drag and drop Historian tags into trend analysis to create reports on the fly facilitated by Internet access, which also allows troubleshooting from any location. Users can also easily pull data and graphics into a Microsoft Word-like environment to create professional reports.

Proficy Historian 5.0 features more than 15 million tags on a single server with upwards of 3,000 client/collector connections and is able to archive 256GB with microsecond sampling. Its advanced data management capabilities feature tiered data management strategies using server-to-server capability that are designed to help companies comply with the Food and Drug Administration’s 21CFR Part 11 and other regulatory requirements.

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