The Control Server and Control System Health App are part of GE’s Industrial Internet Control System (IICS). IICS is an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) program that reliably, safely and securely connects thousands of machines to the cloud and brings computing to the edge.
As a link to a network that connects all Programmable Automation Controllers (PAC) in a factory or plant, the Control Server collects, stores and analyzes all data that is received using Predix software. It is a scalable platform that enables power plants to extract industrial data, reduce operating costs and is protected from cyber-attacks and other forms of hacking.
Using GE’s Field Agent platform, Control Server also lets users optimize apps like Model-based Optimizing Control (MBOC) to inject performance improvements that deliver greater profitability. In addition, the operating and maintenance costs are reduced through consolidation of PC functions provided by virtualization technology on a server-grade platform. With built-in security features, this innovation reduces the cyber-security attack surface and improves compliance with industry regulations.
The Control System Health App allows customers to monitor the status of their control hardware from any location with internet access. The app collects real-time data in a time-series database and uses the power of analytics to recommend corrective actions based on faults.
Powered by Field Agent and Predix technology, the app offers a view of current and historical faults for both I/O and controllers, CPU firmware revision, temperature indication and controller status. By leveraging real-time data and analytics, the app saves time and allows for situational awareness of controller assets anywhere in the world. OEMs can use this app and turn it into a service that they can provide to their customers to generate a new revenue stream. The app can be accessed on PACSystems RX3i – CPE305, CPE310, CPE330, and CPE400.
GE Energy Connections’ Automation & Controls business
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