Product Spotlight - April 2020

SCADA software is regularly used by water and wastewater treatment facilities around the world for plantwide connectivity, visibility and control. New  iFIX 6.0 HMI/SCADA technology from GE Digital is designed to improve operational productivity by providing treatment plant operators the most informed view of the problem or task and secure visualization from anywhere at any time.

“Building on our heritage as an industrial company, we are intimately familiar with the challenges our customers face every day,” says Matt Wells, vice president of Product Management for GE Digital. “Facilities are looking for better ways to quickly build new SCADA applications, improve user performance and respond to changing needs while maintaining the security of the application.”

The iFIX 6.0 system provides integrated support for ISA 18.2 standards for consistent alarm shelving and interface presentation, helping operators easily prioritize critical alarms and enabling water and wastewater plants to increase productivity by up to 70%. The update also includes secure-by-design client connections with an OPC Unified Architecture server, a machine-to-machine communications protocol that incorporates the latest industrial interoperability standards. This means iFIX 6.0 runs across a variety of hardware platforms and operating systems.

“By leveraging standards such as OPC Unified Architecture, integrated support for ISA alarm shelving and enabling new web development tools, iFIX 6.0 allows organizations to rapidly build new applications while ensuring the stability and security of their operations and empowering operators to respond better to changing conditions in real time,” Wells says.

Also provided are rapid application development features for HMI/SCADA, such as long tag names and descriptions, helping users capture any hierarchy from their programmable logic controllers. This speeds up configuration and deployment of HMI/SCADA, reducing costs and saving time.

As a companion product, Historian 7.2 boosts performance and improves security and ease of use. It enhances the OPC Unified Architecture collector to support user authentication. Historian also features integration with complex Active Directory to meet the needs of users with complex nested domain arrangements. Boosting read performance, it enhances the existing-archive files defragmentation tool. Users can defragment existing archive files using a command-line-based tool. This reorganizes the data nodes of a tag, bringing the data nodes together so bigger reads can be performed, improving read performance. 800-433-2682; www.ge.com/digital



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