With an upgraded Proficy platform from GE Fanuc Automation Americas, shops will soon be managing real-time operations on one standardized manufacturing IT platform.
With future upgrades to GE Fanuc Automation Americas Inc.'s Proficy automation and production software family, shops will manage real-time operations on one standardized manufacturing IT platform. The platform's scalability will cover applications from a few equipment assets up to entire global operations involving multiple facilities.
Targeting the fourth quarter, GE Fanuc, Charlottesville, Va., plans to release its Proficy Platform, which consists of a Proficy Server and Proficy Console. The server provides a centralized production-management hub based on an S95 data-reference model and the company's Proficy Historian data-management technology. It will permit users and GE Fanuc partners to extend the data model with user-defined types for improving workflow functionality.
Proficy Console, based on the Proficy Real-Time Information Portal, provides upgrades with multiple data-model views into operations. These views include: equipment models for aggregating data by actual equipment layouts, product and production data models for representing material flow, and IT models for managing application licensing and deployment across enterprises.
The console is a "command center" for interfacing to Proficy applications and third-party legacy systems. It lets companies link all aspects of the plant floor, from operations to analytics, in one solution-centric environment.
Features of Proficy Console include an installable solution concept with prefiltering user-interface choices and the ability to guide users through the system; a multihost container permitting the same organizations and navigational paradigms across content from multiple internal and external data sources; and a user-centric information architecture reflecting Six Sigma research into how users think about their plants and require information for ease of use.