GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms , a unit of GE Enterprise Solutions, have announced that Linde AG of Munich, Germany, have chosen Proficy Historian and Proficy Plant Applications, part of GE Fanuc’s Operations Management software suite for their plants worldwide. The order, which also encompasses GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms’ GlobalCare support services will be deployed in 350 sites worldwide.
The Linde Group’s strategy is geared towards earnings-based growth and focused on the expansion of their international business, based on forward-looking gases applications and plant construction solutions. Linde expanded through several acquisitions in the last few years, which brought along legacy commitments to manufacturing systems from other vendors. The company’s management realised the need to standardise on a global historian infrastructure as the data foundation upon which to standardise operating practices, production reporting, and information flow across their enterprise. Based on their experience with iFIX, they invited GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms to participate in the bidding for the new system. Linde selected Proficy software from GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms.
The GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms tools will ensure that Linde AG people have access to the critical plant performance data needed to operate their plants reliably and efficiently across the world.
The Proficy solution is the basis of a Plant Line Information Management System, consisting of a centralised historical database installation. Proficy Historian provides a robust and effective plant data repository to collect, archive and distribute large volumes of real-time, plant floor information quickly and easily. Several ROC (Remote Operation Center) systems access data through Proficy HMI/SCADA - iFIX on a terminal server basis to evaluate production data and to control processes. The team chose iFIX as the Historian client providing easy integration.
The Linde Plant Information Management system is completed with GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms’ Proficy Plant Applications to process raw data, calculate and evaluate key performance indicators (KPIs) to act on current business data. These KPIs will deliver insights into the company’s production performance information to optimise the efficiency of the gas production and increase the quality of the processes.
In addition, GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms will also install Proficy Real-Time Information Portal to enable Linde management to retrieve production data and determine cost influences caused by certain production events. Novotek, a solution partner of GE Fanuc’s in Europe, support the entire solution with their Trendview and Alarm Analysis tool for data evaluation.
This system will be key to Linde’s efforts for increasing production and decreasing energy costs. The established equipment modeling and out-of-the-box reporting and analysis capabilities offered by Plant Applications would have required custom development with other industry solutions.
According to Linde AG, the uniqueness of the GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms tools is that they span from trending to alarm and event analysis to on-line KPI tracking to management reporting, which gives good visibility of plant information in one’s environment.