GE Digital announced enhancements to its CIMPLICITY and Tracker software that provide decision support solutions for operators to help them become more efficient. The CIMPLICITY HMI/SCADA automation platform provides client-server visualization to monitor and control operations. Tracker, part of GE Digital’s Proficy Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) offering, helps to automate routing and sequencing, which can further accelerate time to market, reduce warranty and recall exposure, and support Lean operations focused on building the product right the first time.
Key to these newest software versions is Proficy Operations Hub integration. Centralizing operations with Operations Hub helps to enable businesses with multiple locations or large sites to centralize operational views and enables remote access to information and control to support site operations, helping to further increase efficiency and reduce downtime.
Providing a single-entry point for operations, CIMPLICITY enables a more consistent, paperless view for operators, plant management, and quality personnel. The new Operations Hub Widget for viewing CIMPLICITY provides multi-site views for Lean operations, can reduce required training through providing consistent operator experiences, and leverages displays and data from existing installs. The new Widget also allows for mashup displays of CIMPLICITY and other Proficy application screens in Web Apps, in context.
Another new feature released is the multi-user development for Tracker, which can help to accelerate configuration and deployment. Tracker is a comprehensive routing, tracking and order execution management system that helps manufacturers to raise productivity and cut costs by monitoring and managing the execution of production orders. It is suited for high volume, high variability, and high value operations. Combined with CIMPLICITY, Tracker is a unique, industry proven solution that helps to increase throughput with detailed, continuous information to help manufacturers make better decisions. It helps to quicken time-to-market by enabling more powerful order execution and helps to reduce risk in the manufacturing process, such as minimizing recalls by providing genealogy and traceability data for audit trails and regulatory compliance. Supporting Lean initiatives, Tracker helps manufacturers and suppliers better understand real-time sequence requirements and handle situations that occur on the plant floor when the sequence is broken, which helps to enable manufacturers to build the product right the first time. It can help to facilitate a large reduction in WIP inventories along with finished goods inventories while helping to meet production targets.
Craig Resnick, ARC Advisory Group, commented, “The combination of remote workers and centralized knowledge centers that were deployed or greatly accelerated as a result of the pandemic – and will remain in a hybrid form post pandemic – require a new set of digital transformation software tools to both leverage and optimize the operational functionality and productivity of this new normal workforce. GE Digital’s CIMPLICITY HMI/SCADA and Tracker MES solution are designed and well suited to support this new normal workforce, providing a single version of truth and actionable intelligence to workers regardless of location. This better enables these organizations to meet or exceed their business and financial objectives, respond quicker to their customers’ evolving market demands, and make required changes to their supply chain in real time, all of which maximizes operational resilience.”