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GE Intelligent Platforms has launched Proficy for Sustainability Metrics, a software solution aimed at helping producers achieve more environmentally sustainable operations.

Proficy for Sustainability Metrics offers a starting point for measuring and analysing energy and water consumption at the area, process or machine level within a facility.

The solution makes utility consumption data actionable by exposing it to those in a position to manage it day by day in a facility.

Measurement of resource usage has commonly been based on utility bills, or on ‘whole facility’ levels of measurement.

Most existing software applications that deal with utility consumption deliver information and analytics in isolation from contextual data that would provide insight into the factors that actually drive usage.

By enabling detailed measurement and reporting in relation to the processes and equipment that are consuming resources, Proficy for Sustainability Metrics enables both real-time response to unusual usage, and provides a detailed history to drive analysis and improvement efforts.

This combination of responsiveness and data-driven equipment tuning has enabled some GE customers to realise water or energy usage reductions of more than 10 per cent.

Proficy for Sustainability Metrics is built on software products from GE’s Proficy software platform – Proficy Historian; Proficy Pulse; and Industrial Gateway Server I/O drivers – and it includes visualisation objects that can be used in the Pulse environment as well as Proficy Ifix.

This architecture allows Sustainability Metrics to be easily integrated with existing supervisory and monitoring systems or deployed alongside, leveraging existing investments in data collection or automation.

‘Providing a solution that contains standard products with a set of reusable objects enables customers to quickly construct a measurement and reporting framework that matches the physical realities of their facility, and reduces the time and cost associated with delivering by-area or by-asset views of consumption,’ said Erik Udstuen, vice-president of software and services at GE Intelligent Platforms.

GE said manufacturers will be particularly interested in this solution as it represents a low-cost, low-risk way to begin collecting and presenting data that offers internal economic value and is required by an increasing number of customers.

For campus-based organisations, such as universities, multi-building corporations and hospitals, it is the first step in a campus optimisation journey to view data from islands of automated systems across the campus.

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