Guiding operators through work processes

07 October 2013

A new version of GE Intelligent Platform's Proficy Workflow has been designed to integrate tightly with existing automation and control systems to enforce the right actions at the right time.

Proficy Workflow Version 2.1, promises to make it easier to integrate with existing automation and control systems, speeding response to out-of-spec HMI/SCADA conditions with appropriate action. It enables companies to move beyond basic acknowledgement of alarms guiding operators through the right steps to take for the right results.

“Consistency and repeatability are critical goals in any industry today,” said Mark Bernardo, general manager, Automation Software for GE Intelligent Platforms. “Proficy Workflow helps to replicate best practices within a plant or around the world to increase quality while decreasing costs. As part of a real-time operational intelligence (RtOI) solution, it can help to enforce the right actions at the right time.”

One North American manufacturer, for example, has used Proficy Workflow to enhance its manual batch management. This resulted in a 40% decrease in waste, 70% increase in operator productivity and 20% boost in capacity. The company addressed quality consistency issues, unpredictable cycle times, and variations in production efficiency across operators due to level of experience.

Proficy Workflow digitises and streamlines production, with one tool, and can integrate business and production processes across systems and departments for reliable, repeatable process execution. It can drive real-time asset management, bridging operations and maintenance, and linking SCADA and CMMS, improving and impacting uptime.

“Repeatable, consistent operations are the ultimate goals for manufacturers today,” said Bernardo. “With Proficy, it is possible to achieve the right actions at the right time, every day – from common tasks to critical emergencies and close the loop on industrial operations to minimise errors and risk, reduce waste, and ensure compliance.”

With Proficy Workflow’s task management capabilities, companies can capture the best practices of experienced operators and guide all workers with step-by-step instructions. Whether operating in an established facility or in a new, low-cost setting, global production teams can easily document processes, transfer knowledge and drive critical consistency, repeatability and predictability into operations. Operators do not have a new system to learn and can immediately improve response to alarms and ensure operations run smoothly.

The latest version provides improved performance and scalability for large-system deployments, allowing companies to replicate production processes across their organisation for increased consistency, quality and efficiency.

It offers improved capabilities for enforcing and tracking operator compliance, particularly important in highly-regulated industries. Companies can verify documents and actions through enhanced electronic signatures, allowing them to move faster from critical issue detected to resolution thereby potentially decreasing the size of a recall or even preventing one.

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