Operator solutions for water/wastewater
Recently released software interactively guides operators to improve effectiveness by up to 15%.
GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms, a unit of GE Enterprise
Solutions, has adapted its Proficy Workflow for use in the water/wastewater
industry. The release is designed to enable an environment of information-rich,
circumstance-based workflows that operators follow to understand what's
happening around them and how to react in a sequenced procedural and repeatable
With a Work Process Management system, plant managers have
the opportunity to improve quality, reduce operational costs and secure
operations for a sustainable advantage. They can decrease the variation in
operator performance, making operations more predictable. Proficy Workflow
guides operators with step-by-step instructions for each task during the day
and automatically walks them through corrective action to prevent or fix
problems. For example, an alarm from the SCADA system will trigger Proficy
Workflow to instruct the operator exactly how to work through the problem,
provide the information that he/she needs and possibly plays a video on how to
resolve the issue with a piece of equipment.
This combination of technology and human interface allows
operators to better understand the information at hand - and take action,
improving effectiveness by up to 15%. Proficy Workflow can also connect to many
existing databases in water and wastewater treatment plants - both GE Fanuc and
third party. This architecture connects to different databases and pulls
information back into video, portal or HTML screens. The software prompts
operators for manual data entry, as needed, and the validated data becomes part
of the facility's permanent databases. Functionality of Proficy Workflow for
- Enables operators follow the right work processes
- Coordinates data across systems
- Enables corrective action to improve operations in real time
- Triggers Workflows to act on alarms and prevent additional downtime
- Captures knowledge of expert workers to reduce effects of employee attrition
- Automatically triggers QA based on events or elapsed time
- Records and tracks work processes and operational data to ease compliance
- Manages both automated and manual processes.
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