GE Launches Next Phase of Industrial Internet Control System

By Craig Resnick

Company and Product News

GE Intelligent Platforms, a segment of the company’s Automation and Controls business under GE Power, announced the release of two new control solutions.  Leveraging the capabilities of its Industrial Internet Control System (IICS), Intelligent Platforms is introducing PACSystems RX3i CPL410, an outcome optimizing open controller, and Equipment Insight 2018, a remote monitoring as a service platform, both designed to utilize the combination of edge controls and analytics to deliver more actionable intelligence across the industrial ecosystem.

These discrete solutions share the ability to provide customers with greater flexibility by enabling new edge technologies that can work more seamlessly with existing control systems and applications to help improve performance.

The release of the Equipment Insight solution helps to advance asset health by providing additional visibility into distributed assets to help customers enhance performance and processes through centrally managed remote monitoring.  This is an end to end solution from data connectivity at the edge to anomaly detection, trouble shooting, and case management designed to help drive identified issues to closure.

The CPL410 is an open Outcome Optimizing Controller with both real-time deterministic control combined with a platform at the edge designed to help its users to improve business outcomes, generate new revenue, and increase profitability.  As an open edge device, the CPL410 can connect to a wide number of analytics capable platforms, such as Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services.

Access to real-time intelligence, enabled by CPL410, and a remote monitoring and troubleshooting solution with Equipment Insight 2018 allow customers to help reduce unplanned downtime across a range of industries, such as water/waste water, industrial steam, automotive, oil and gas, and discrete manufacturing, operating in the industrial environment.  Equipment Insight is designed for Equipment OEMs looking to grow their service revenues while simultaneously providing an enhanced user experience for their customers.

As a part of the PACSystems RX3i CPx400 series, the release of the CPL410 solution combines outcome optimizing control with edge controllers equipped with dual redundancy capabilities and open architecture. By bringing edge-enabled data analytics together with real-time control, these solutions help to offer new insights and provide customers with additional built in flexibility, operational efficiency, and higher asset performance. Whether customers are looking to enable the system through a Field Agent connected to Equipment Insight 2018 or PACEdge with Linux, an open implementation with compatible web server support, the CPx400 family is designed to perform in a range of applications.

An overview summary of GE’s CPL410 and Equipment Insight 2018 solutions is as follows:

PACSystems RX3i CPL410: An outcome optimizing controller suited for a range of applications, including water/wastewater, industrial steam, automotive, chemical, oil and gas, discrete manufacturing, and modular machine designs. As an update to the CPE400 version which leverages GE’s Predix analytics platform, the CPL410 now features PACEdge with Linux technology, enabling customers to connect to their preferred cloud service as well as develop and run data processing Linux-based applications next to the control systems to help enhance their processes for better outcomes. With a co-processor engine, further reduced lifecycle costs, and higher speed performance, the solution allows customers to help generate new forms of revenue, improve profitability, and provide continuous control of applications and processes with increased transparency.

Equipment Insight 2018: A service enablement platform that allows customers to remotely monitor and manage distributed assets in real-time by collecting data, generating alerts, analyzing performance, and managing cases until resolution to provide opportunities for expanded services revenue. Compatible with cloud-based applications and Field Agent technology, Equipment Insight 2018 is suited for large pumps, back-up or portable power generators, compressors, and other machinery. With this solution, OEMs have the ability to remotely monitor KPIs associated with the usage and health of the machines they have provided to customers. This ongoing data collection, along with alarming and case management functionality, allows OEMs to help improve business outcomes through the creation of new service offerings, improved asset performance, better customer support, and reduced costs.

NOTE: In October 2018, Emerson announced it has agreed to acquire Intelligent Platforms, a division of General Electric.   More about this can be viewed at ARCwire Industry News.

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