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GE Digital unveils product upgrades at its Users Conference

Sept. 24, 2019
Enhancements to Predix Essentials, Asset Answers and Webspace 6.0.

At its User Conference in Austin, TX, GE Digital today announced significant enhancements across its software portfolio that make it possible for companies to more easily and effectively operate their plants, analyze industrial data and optimize their operations. 

The product updates include:

  • Predix Essentials, which aims to enable industrial companies to connect, visualize and analyze their data
  • Asset Answers, enabling customers to better understand the competitive potential of Asset Performance Management (APM) software
  • Webspace 6.0, a new HTML5 interface that brings automation data to operators across any mobile device

Providing edge-to-cloud accessibility with Predix Essentials

SaaS solution Predix Essentials helps companies connect to disparate data sources,

GE Digital CEO Pat Byrne keynoting the Users Conference

monitor operations and leverage edge-to-cloud predictive analytics quickly and easily, according to GE Digital, reducing time-to-value for operational teams looking to reduce waste, lower costs and increase performance.  

Developed in partnership with a number of customers, including silicon-chip manufacturer Intel, Predix Essentials is positioned as a natural first step for industrial businesses looking to leverage the power of cloud-based IIoT technologies, providing the connectivity, visualization and analysis capabilities that are the cornerstones of a digital transformation journey, regardless of vertical or maturity.

Suitable for industrial companies of all kinds, Predix Essentials is also the foundation of GE Digital’s APM and OPM application suites, providing core functionality and bridging the entire software portfolio by connecting GE Digital cloud-based solutions to on-premises data from its Automation, MES and Historian solutions.

Identifying maintenance strategies with Asset Answers

Asset Answersis a benchmarking tool that helps customers quickly import and assess data to better understand how their asset maintenance compares with similar companies in their particular domain, or even against their own internal performance across sites, according to its maker. 

With this intelligence, customers can determine where best to invest in updating maintenance regimes or capabilities, and ultimately provide a seamless path to products like APM to manage and optimize assets across their business. Asset Answers is available for many sectors, including power generation, oil and gas, and chemicals. 

Improving operator mobility with Webspace 6.0

Webspace 6.0, a web and mobility solution, brings the full visualization and control capabilities from GE’s iFIX and CIMPLICITY HMI/SCADA software seamlessly across devices, including smartwatches, phones, tablets and desktops. 

Offering enhanced encryption and new zero-install HTML5 client, Webspace 6.0 improves the way that operators receive and react to operational insights, whether they are in the field, on the plant floor or at a desk, providing them the flexibility to make informed decisions and share their expertise, regardless of location, according to GE Digital. By dynamically extending automation solutions, Webspace 6.0 increases information-sharing across teams, speeds the right operator actions, and improves agility with real-time visualization and control anywhere, anytime.

“GE Digital continues to release innovations that forge the way for industrial customers working on transforming their operations,” said Pat Byrne, CEO of GE Digital. “By continuing to invest across our portfolio of industrial software, and by making it easier than ever for our customers to unlock the power of the Industrial IoT, GE Digital is strengthening its customers’ ability to become more productive, efficient and safe.”

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