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GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms has announced advanced analytics solutions – Proficy Troubleshooter and Proficy Cause+ – for its software portfolio that are designed to maximise plant performance.

The analytics solutions are said to maximise the information that already exists in production operations, extract knowledge from that information and identify the opportunities to solve potential production issues before they impact the process.

The introductions of Proficy Troubleshooter and Proficy Cause+, the updated release of Proficy Historian v3.5, and the market position of Proficy’s HMI/Scada products combine to provide companies with intelligence they can use to enhance process performance.

This combination of solutions enables better understanding of the causes of variation and problems in the process as well as the real-time impact of the process on production assets; and learning the relationships between disconnected data, extracting knowledge and building business cases with benefit estimations.

This is in addition to preventing unnecessary conventional ‘alarm bursts’ with more intelligent alarms that work in multivariate space, indicating causes of problems and providing corrective actions; and expert knowledge capture for making modelling and expert system technology available to all users.

These solutions are said to provide a three-step process for advanced analysis starting with Proficy Historian 3.5, a plant-wide data historian that collects, archives and distributes large volumes of real-time plant floor process information at high speeds.

Built specifically for production and process data acquisition and presentation, Proficy Historian enables users to leverage increased process visibility for better decisions, increased productivity and reduced costs.

Proficy Historian is built to store and retrieve production/process data in the way companies need it.

This capability enables better responsiveness by quickly providing the granularity of data needed to analyse and solve process applications.

The second component of the analytics process is the Proficy Troubleshooter product.

Proficy Troubleshooter is an off-line, value-add product to Proficy Historian that analyses process variation.

It is used to identify causes for production problems and identify the opportunity for preventing these problems in the future.

Proficy Troubleshooter acts as a bridge between Proficy Historian and Proficy HMI/Scada obtaining relationships between process variables and preparing benefit estimations for real-time deployment.

Proficy Troubleshooter features multivariate modelling and data-mining techniques, which is appealing to a broad user base of historian users and process engineers.

It does not require a background in advanced statistics or modelling.

It also provides a clear path to real-time solutions for the user – deploying insights as a real-time intelligent monitoring and advisory solution in Proficy Cause+, with outputs displayed in Proficy HMI/Scada and web-based reporting.

The components of Proficy Troubleshooter are: Proficy Continuous Wizard for troubleshooting time-based and/or continuous process data; Proficy Discrete and Batch Wizard for troubleshooting generic index-based, discrete and/or batch process data; and Proficy Architect for data preparation, simulation and solution development.

After Proficy Troubleshooter models the solution, the next logical step is to put the process into production.

Proficy Cause+ wires in the real-time data and introduces alarms based on causal relationships within the process.

It extracts more value from real-time data, in the form of likely causes of process or asset-related problems and variation in real time, with pre-configured corrective actions to the operator if alarm conditions are triggered.

Proficy Cause+ is a value-added decision-support solution to the Proficy HMI/Scada Ifix and Cimplicity products that also provides reporting on causes over specified periods of time for production management and process engineers.

It enables real-time causes of process problems (for example, bad batches), real-time corrective actions to address process problems, wizard-based and custom development and simulation of a real-time solution before deploying it within Proficy HMI/Scada, model- and rules-based cause identification, web-based reporting of causes over user-defined periods, causes-based intelligent alarming, and capturing of expert knowledge for real-time expert system use.

Proficy Cause+ enables production engineers, and process specialists, to generate real-time causes for production process deviations.

During such real-time key performance indicator deviation, in-depth process knowledge is delivered to an operator to provide specific actionable message guidance for correction.

It is a real-time application by which production process variation is identified, and whereby root causes for such variation is visualised.

Proficy Cause+ is a value-add component, is deployed directly in existing HMI Scada/DCS systems.

Proficy Cause+ is therefore mostly used by plant operators.

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