Proficy for Sustainability Metrics is a new software solution from GE Intelligent Platforms that helps manufacturers achieve environmentally sustainable operations through reduced energy and water consumption.
Proficy for Sustainability Metrics goes beyond utility billings or facility-level meters to offer a starting point for measuring and analysing energy and water consumption at the area, process or machine level within a facility.
The software solution makes utility consumption data actionable by exposing usage patterns to the people managing the resources at the facility.
According to Erik Udstuen, Vice President, Software & Services, a combination of regulatory, customer and cost pressures are driving every sector, primarily the manufacturing segment to reduce consumption of energy and water throughout their operations.
Customers, he adds could save as much as 20% of energy or water in an area or process, simply by exposing unusual consumption patterns and prompting intervention by operators and supervisors.
Measurement of resource usage has commonly been based on utility bills, or on ‘whole facility’ levels of measurement. Most existing software applications that deal with utility consumption deliver information and analytics in isolation from contextual data, which would have provided insight into the factors actually driving usage.
By facilitating detailed measurement and reporting in relation to the processes and equipment that are consuming resources, Proficy for Sustainability Metrics enables both real-time response to unusual usage, and provides a detailed history to drive analysis and improvement efforts.
This combination of responsiveness and data-driven equipment tuning has enabled some GE customers to realise water or energy usage reductions of more than 10%.
Built on industry-leading software products from GE’s Proficy Software Platform including Proficy Historian, Proficy Pulse and Industrial Gateway Server I/O drivers, the Proficy for Sustainability Metrics solution includes visualisation objects that can be used in the Pulse environment as well as Proficy iFIX.
This architecture allows Sustainability Metrics to be easily integrated with existing supervisory and monitoring systems or deployed alongside, leveraging existing investments in data collection or automation.
Manufacturers will be particularly interested in this solution as it represents a low-cost, low-risk way to begin collecting and presenting data that not only offers internal economic value, but also is required by an increasing number of customers.
Proficy for Sustainability Metrics can also be used by campus-based organisations such as universities, multi-building corporations and hospitals as part of a campus optimisation process to view data from islands of automated systems across the campus.
Proficy for Sustainability Metrics is the latest example of how GE’s $4 billion-a-year software and solutions services businesses are helping customers improve productivity.