Keywords: Energy Industry, Equipment Failure, Predicts, Diagnoses, Proactive Maintenance, Reliability, Fault Patterns.
GE announced the introduction of Proficy SmartSignal Shield 4.0 software for the Oil & Gas and Power industries. The Shield software helps large equipment operators detect equipment problems early and avoid surprise equipment failure, therefore increasing productivity, while minimizing costs.
This solution provides early warning of impending equipment problems, diagnostic guidance, and prioritized actionable intelligence. With Shield 4.0, users can move from reactive to proactive maintenance by working on the equipment that needs to be fixed, and on the most critical problems first. Benefits include increasing reliability, availability, efficiency, and compliance.
The Shield 4.0 software, covered by more than 40 patents, was developed based on shared blind data from GE customers. From experience based on millions of machine hours and tens of thousands of failures from over 12,000 rotating and non-rotating assets, GE was able to identify fault patterns, in context of operating behavior, that are critical to the Power and Oil & Gas industries, and incorporate them into the software.
The Shield software's diagnostic algorithms combine observations on multiple individual sensors to pinpoint failure effects. Beyond vibration and thermal analyses, the solution models data on critical rotating and non-rotating equipment. The solution monitors equipment automatically and continuously 24 hours/day—enabling users to take necessary mitigation needed to organize maintenance projects.
The newest release includes a suite of applications that enables quicker design and implementation. Shield 4.0 allows for access to diagnostics and rules, so users can understand and adjust the software based on their own expertise. This means that a comprehensive embodiment of users' subject-matter expertise on equipment operation is deployed so the intelligence of both GE and the users is constantly shielding all critical assets.
ARC Advisory Group