WEFTEC Report: GE Digital Issues New Versions of iFIX and Historian

GE Digital introduced the latest versions of its iFIX HMI/SCADA technology and Historian at WEFTEC in Chicago. 

The new iFIX 6.0 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.

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.

Historian 7.2 improves security and ease of use, and boosts performance. It enhances the OPC UA 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, Version 7.2 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 that bigger reads can be performed, improving read performance. 

The new Historian for Linux enhances data collection and storage by residing at the edge device and delivering distributed data collection to support the Internet of Things. Beyond machine-level analytics and reporting, Historian for Linux provides data retention for regulatory purposes. Visit www.ge.com/digital.


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