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. We had never been to downtown Atlanta, and it was time to try something new!

After touring the Secret Vault and watching Coke commercials from when I was a kid, we finally ventured into the eagerly anticipated tasting room. And, wow! There are beverages from every part of the worldBibo Candy Pine-Nut from Africa, the non-alcoholic aperitif Beverly from Italy, Fanta Melon Frosty from Thailand, Inca Kola from Peru, and much more. I learned that The Coca-Cola Company owns hundreds and hundreds of brands with a portfolio of more than 3,500 beverages, ranging from water to coffee to juice.

A Taste for Something New

Yes, we really did try every single soda in the tasting room! In addition to the tastings, we enjoyed the Bottling Workswhich 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 screensthey 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. The new look may not make as much sense to a visitor, but it has obvious advantages for operators and technicians to support decisions and speed the right response.

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.

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.

Stay tuned 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 available too. 

If you want to learn more now about high performance HMI/SCADA designs and technology, check out this on-demand webinar featuring industry leader Gimmi Filice and Sergio Chavez 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!

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.