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GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms has announced that Linde has selected Proficy Historian and Proficy Plant Applications for use in its plants worldwide.

The order, which also encompasses GE Fanuc’s Globalcare support services is worth more than USD1m (GBP673,000) and will be deployed in 350 sites worldwide.

Linde has expanded through several acquisitions in the last few years, which brought along legacy commitments to manufacturing systems from other vendors.

While Linde had experience with GE Fanuc’s Proficy HMI/Scada Ifix product, each part of its business was satisfied with the solutions they had installed and were resistant to change.

The company’s management realised the need to standardise on a global historian infrastructure as the data foundation upon which to standardise operating practices, production reporting, and information flow across the enterprise.

The Proficy solution is the basis of a plant line information management system, consisting of a centralised historical database installation.

Proficy Historian provides a robust and effective plant data repository to collect, archive and distribute large volumes of real-time, plant-floor information quickly and easily.

Several Remote Operation Centre (ROC) systems access data via Proficy HMI/Scada – Ifix on a terminal server basis to evaluate production data and to control processes.

The team selected Ifix as the historian client, providing easy integration.

The Linde plant information management system is completed with GE Fanuc’s Proficy Plant Applications to process raw data, calculate and evaluate key performance indicators (KPIs) to act on current business data.

These KPIs will deliver insight into the company’s production performance information to optimise the efficiency of the gas production and increase the quality of the processes.

In addition, GE Fanuc will install Proficy Real-Time Information Portal to enable Linde management to retrieve production data and determine cost influences caused by certain production events.

Novotek, a solution partner of GE Fanuc in Europe, supports the solution with its Trendview and Alarm Analysis tool for data evaluation.

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