Summary

Last weekend, my family visited Atlanta for my older son’s birthday. It was a big treat to visit the World of Coke and try more than 100 flavors of soda from around the globe. And, wow! There are beverages from every part of the world—Bibo Candy Pine-Nut from Africa, the non-alcoholic aperitif Beverly from Italy, Fanta Melon Frosty from Thailand, Inca Kola from Peru, and much more. Yes, we really did try every single soda in the tasting room!

“Bottling” Automation

In addition to the tastings, we enjoyed the Bottling Works—which includes GE hardware and HMI/SCADA software. Visitors at the center can easily see how an automation screen relates to bottling. That’s the beauty of traditional HMI/SCADA screens – they look like what they represent.

But, for all of us, let’s try something new this summer! As an HMI/SCADA leader, GE Digital is releasing its fourth generation software in July. Our new HMI/SCADA designs look different, and studies show that they can improve business outcomes.

According to GE’s research tracking eye movements and operator response, the fourth generation, high performance HMI/SCADA technology can provide the following results:

  •        less time spent navigating
  •        faster finding critical data
  •        improvement in alarm resolution success
  •        faster to identify relevant screen for an alarm
  •        increase in usability
  •        faster build/deployment

The new look may not make as much sense to a visitor who doesn’t know the process, but it has obvious advantages for operators and technicians to support decisions and speed the right response.

As Sergio Chavez, Automation Engineer with the Los Angeles Dept. of Water and Power, observed. “With high performance HMI/SCADA, operators are able to quickly determine an abnormal situation and get to the root causes of many issues. We help operators visualize a process and make alarms very visible. We’re shaving the time it takes for operators to act on a situation.”

High Performance Visualization: It’s the Real Thing!

Instead of HMI/SCADA screens with many objects and lots of color, high performance or efficient HMI screens are simple, with less color. This helps operators quickly identify problems and causes for fastest resolution.

In earlier generation HMI/SCADA systems, users took advantage of object libraries and extensive color palettes. Those are still important today, but we also know that well-designed visualization and intelligent warnings are critical.

Tune in as GE Digital releases its new generation of HMI/SCADA this summer. It’s still the much-loved iFIX and CIMPLICITY that has been automating and improving operations for decades – but it has a new look and other powerful features available too.

Learn More: Attend GE Digital Webinars

If you want to learn more about GE Digital’s new generation of HMI/SCADA, check out two on-demand webinars. The first webinar showcases the features of our new generation software, including a demo. The second webinar covers high performance HMI/SCADA design, with industry leader Gimmi Filice from GE Digital and Sergio Chavez, quoted above, from the Department of Water and Power for the City of Los Angeles. Sergio uses GE Digital’s iFIX to automate and visualize the treatment and distribution of over 200 billion gallons of water every year – now that’s a big drink.

Instead of HMI/SCADA screens with many objects and lots of color, high performance or efficient HMI screens are simple, with less color. This helps operators quickly identify problems and causes for fastest resolution.

About the author

Alicia Bowers

Senior Product Marketing Manager

Alicia Bowers believes that automation software can help industrial organizations overcome many challenges, including retiring workforces, global competition, and tightening regulations. She has published in industry magazines, ranging from Food Manufacturing to Hydrocarbon Engineering, and is the recipient of a MESA Outstanding Contribution Award. Connect with Alicia on LinkedIn.