GE Energy standardizes on remote monitoring, diagnostics software

Proficy platform monitors more than 1,100 units in turbine fleet and provides real-time data.

02/04/2010


Control Engineering :

- PAC8000, high-availability PACSystems RX3i controllers available from GE Fanuc .
- Diagnostic info gone awry?
- Dealing with Undocumented Field Device Changes .

 

You may report to the same parent company, but that doesn't mean you win the business. However, GE Intelligent Platforms, based in Charlottesville, VA, had the technology that won over its corporate sibling, GE Energy's Performance & Reliability Center (PRC) in Atlanta. The result is that PRC has standardized on a remote monitoring and diagnostic platform that uses Proficy Historian, Proficy SOA, Proficy Workflow and Proficy Cimplicity software to monitor more than 1,100 units in GE Energy's turbine fleet.

This architecture sets the standard inside GE for remote monitoring and diagnostics platforms. "We proved that our Proficy Software's integrated capability to collect, organize, analyze, and drive work processes around massive volumes of real-time data could meet the needs of GE Energy now and into the future," according to Erik Udstuen, vice president of software and services for GE Intelligent Platforms.

The system provides GE Energy customers with real-time data on impending failures and performance diagnostics. The legacy system at GE Energy used an Oracle relational database architecture that consumed more than 50 terabytes of storage across four database instances. Over time, the legacy solution had become costly to maintain and support, and was not sufficiently extensible to sustain future growth.

"GE Intelligent Platforms delivers a solution that is flexible and scalable while lowering ongoing maintenance costs through simplified IT infrastructure and reduced storage demands. Improving availability and access to fleet data while leveraging diagnostic workflow capabilities will drive improved productivity of subject matter experts," said Justin Eggart, Performance and Reliability Center leader for GE Energy Services. "The new system will enhance our focus on delivering customer value, applying advanced Monitoring and Diagnostics solutions, while proactively managing the performance and reliability of turbines and other assets in the GE fleet."

GE Intelligent Platforms' Next Generation M&D platform (Gen X), is based on commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software, such as Proficy Historian. According Udstuen, Proficy Historian is a platform for data acquisition and storage designed to handle time sequence data "at speeds significantly faster than traditional relational database algorithms that simply aren't available in relational models, while also supporting a range of data compression." The result, he says, is better performance with lower disk utilization, without any loss of data resolution.

"The PRC stands as a shining example of how GE can leverage its domain expertise into Knowledge Service offerings," said Udstuen, citing GE Energy's expanding services reach.

Also key to the solution is GE's work process management backbone for application development, Proficy Workflow. Its efficient storage model creates a highly scalable software solution. The Proficy Cimplicity component is a client/server based visualization and control tool for visualizing operations, performing supervisory automation, and delivering reliable information to higher-level analytic applications. The combined result is faster responsiveness, reduced costs and increased profitability, said Udstuen.

For more information on the software solution , visit: www.ge-ip.com/operationsmanagement.

With four businesses and operations in over 160 countries, GE offers employees challenging, rewarding careers in dynamic businesses. Click here for more about careers at GE.
- Edited by Renee Robbins, senior editor
Control Engineering News Desk





No comments
The Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by...
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
Learn how to increase device reliability in harsh environments and decrease unplanned system downtime.
This eGuide contains a series of articles and videos that considers theoretical and practical; immediate needs and a look into the future.
Learn how to create value with re-use; gain productivity with lean automation and connectivity, and optimize panel design and construction.
Go deep: Automation tackles offshore oil challenges; Ethernet advice; Wireless robotics; Product exclusives; Digital edition exclusives
Lost in the gray scale? How to get effective HMIs; Best practices: Integrate old and new wireless systems; Smart software, networks; Service provider certifications
Fixing PID: Part 2: Tweaking controller strategy; Machine safety networks; Salary survey and career advice; Smart I/O architecture; Product exclusives
The Ask Control Engineering blog covers all aspects of automation, including motors, drives, sensors, motion control, machine control, and embedded systems.
Look at the basics of industrial wireless technologies, wireless concepts, wireless standards, and wireless best practices with Daniel E. Capano of Diversified Technical Services Inc.
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
This is a blog from the trenches – written by engineers who are implementing and upgrading control systems every day across every industry.
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.

Find and connect with the most suitable service provider for your unique application. Start searching the Global System Integrator Database Now!

Case Study Database

Case Study Database

Get more exposure for your case study by uploading it to the Control Engineering case study database, where end-users can identify relevant solutions and explore what the experts are doing to effectively implement a variety of technology and productivity related projects.

These case studies provide examples of how knowledgeable solution providers have used technology, processes and people to create effective and successful implementations in real-world situations. Case studies can be completed by filling out a simple online form where you can outline the project title, abstract, and full story in 1500 words or less; upload photos, videos and a logo.

Click here to visit the Case Study Database and upload your case study.