HMI/SCADA: Monitoring control software adds features


Information control/software

Proficy HMI/SCADA-Cimplicity 7.0, the latest version of GE Fanuc Automation's supervisory monitoring and control software, focuses on greater integration and easier configuration. This screen shows a portal display embedded inside a Cimplicity screen.


This history report screen from Proficy HMI/SCADA-Cimplicity 7.0 demonstrates the history of changes available. The buttons show how the user can compare two versions.

Charlottesville, VA —Enhancements that focus on greater integration and easier configuration form the basis for the latest version of GE Fanuc Automation 's supervisory monitoring and control software. Proficy HMI/SCADA-Cimplicity 7.0, says Gimmi Filice, product manager, "features tighter integration with the Proficy software family of products, enhancements for developer productivity, operator productivity, and service for additional customers with added CNC connectivity." GE Fanuc announced the new release March 15.

"The development of Cimplicity is driven by feedback from industry-leading companies around the world," Filice continues. The system handles complex, multi-user applications on multi-tasking operating systems. It is used to control processes in a variety of industries, including automotive, electronics, power, food and beverage, oil and gas, and water and wastewater. Cimplicity is said to help companies improve performance through integration with other products in the Proficy family. This version, Filice told Control Engineering in a recent interview, adds a number of enhancements, but in particular seeks to tighten that integration. Each Proficy component, layered on top of Cimplicity as an HMI/SCADA solution, extends the range of applications that can be addressed.

Among highlights of the new edition, Filice said, are speed, scalability, and security. Specifically, version 7.0 offers better tracking of who does what, a more extended and integrated audit trail, and automated backup to increase control and security, he said. Filice also called out improved OPC connectivity and configuration as noteworthy. Version 7.0, he added, is updated to support OPC-DA version 3 of the standard and includes a new browsing and configuration user interface, making it easier to use OPC data sources.

Filice also noted Cimplicity 7.0's ongoing support for Fanuc CNCs and GE Fanuc's continued provision of Productivity Packs to users who participate in its GlobalCare support program. The Packs provide quarterly updates of tools and utilities independent of a Cimplicity product release.

Proficy components include:

  • Change management, which integrates with Cimplicity Workbench for file version management and automated backup;

  • Real-time information portal, which provides for Web-based integration of on-line and process-based systems with plant-wide connectivity, analysis, and Web-based visualization components;

  • Historian, which augments Cimplicity's relational database for fast archiving and data retrieval with sustained throughput rates of more than 100,000 samples/s; and

  • View-Machine Edition, which delivers a logical progression of functionality from a dedicated HMI to the broader client/server and SCADA capabilities of Cimplicity.

Read more about Proficy and Cimplicity on the GE Fanuc Website .

Read " Almost unified " to learn more about OPC capabilities and developments.

Also visit Control Engineering Online and search on "Proficy" and "Cimplicity."

—Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Compiled by Jeanine Katzel , senior editor

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