GE Fanuc announces the release of Version 1.5 of its Proficy Process System, a fully integrated process control system designed to provide customers with improved quality and reliability; increased throughput, performance and efficiency; and reduced total cost of ownership. The system features a common global namespace that provides simplified configuration and maintenance for the user, the company says. Tags in the system are defined once and then referenced and used commonly throughout the system. This capability is said to provide a significant savings of development time over traditional HMI- and PLC-based systems.
According to the company, the foundation of the system is a contemporary hardware and software infrastructure that offers the benefits of both traditional DCS and PLC/HMI systems, without many of the historic limitations of those approaches. The company’s multi-disciplined PACSystems controllers can handle process, discrete and motion control applications, thereby giving users flexibility in their control system. The software technologies are said to empower users with visibility, analytics and connectivity throughout their enterprises. The HMI/SCADA and Historian technologies, coupled with Batch and a complete Production Management suite, allow customers to close the gap between automation and information, the company says.
The system also features a comprehensive set of function blocks for advanced regulatory control. Additionally, user-defined function blocks can be created to define control algorithms as necessary, and system integrators can lock these blocks to protect their intellectual properties.