Optimising the health and performance of industrial equipment

19 July 2011

Earlier this year, over 20 oil and gas super majors and power generation giants from Europe and the Middle East gathered at the SSE (formerly Scottish and Southern Energy) Equipment Performance Centre in the UK to learn about the value of Proficy SmartSignal solutions and the company’s expanded roadmap as part of GE’s Proficy software product suite.

Representatives from BG Group, BP, ConocoPhillips, Electricity Supply Board, EDF, Edipower, Enel, E.ON, Fortum, Gas Natural Fenosa, Laborelec, RasGas, RWE npower, Saltend Cogeneration, Scottish Power, SSE, Statoil, Thames Power, Total, attended the event.

“As part of GE, SmartSignal will have the opportunity to do the kinds of things that we couldn’t do on our own, which will enable us to increase customer value,” said Dave Bell, product general manager, GE Intelligent Platforms. “We now have the power of GE behind us, and we can leverage its experience, research, and technology. We will be integrating our software with complementary GE solutions, including the other Proficy software and GE Energy products, to help our customers improve availability and operational excellence.”

Customers Edipower, SSE, Gas Natural Fenosa, Laborelec, RWE npower, EDF, and Segas shared their experiences in working with Proficy SmartSignal solutions, which are used across power - combined cycle, coal, wind, nuclear, and hydro plants- and oil & gas, including upstream, midstream, and downstream. The customers described 'catches' identified by the software, which allowed them to detect equipment problems early and fix issues before they grew serious or catastrophic. One customer described how the SmartSignal solution helped identify a crack in a critical gas turbine component, saving the power plant 1.4 million euros in repair costs and production loss.

“It was great to hear positive feedback from our European customers and to get their input on our expanding plans,” said Erik Udstuen, GE Intelligent Platforms Vice President, Software & Services. “GE sees a strong future in the energy sector, and the SmartSignal products are central to our plans of expanding asset intelligence. We look forward to continuing to serve all OEMs, all equipment, across the fleets of energy companies worldwide.”

For more information go to: http://www.ge-ip.com  and www.smartsignal.com.

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