GM Augments Proficy Software Solution
In a car factory, which has a few million square feet of floor space, turning lights off when that part of the plant is not in use, saves a lot of energy, and money. GM realized that if they tied the lights to the schedule of the conveyor (outside of the security lighting), they could considerably reduce energy consumption in the plant.
GE Intelligent Platformsâ€™ Proficy CIMPLICITY controls the conveyor so GM managers approved an application based on CIMPLICITY that schedules the lights to coincide with conveyor operation. This led to other discoveries of potential energy savings.
The savings comes from being able to control millions of square feet of plant floor space with Proficy CIMPLICITY software, a client/server based HMI/SCADA solution that allows operators and management team to make more informed decisions with real-time visibility technology. In GMâ€™s case, the team can manage certain parts of the factory or the whole plant from any location.
The paint shop in automotive assembly is a significant energy consumer, because in order to make sure that the carâ€™s paint does not contain dust or other contaminates in the final product, it is important to have the optimum air quality and temperature.
Proficy CIMPLICITY is used by GM to monitor the paint shop environmental conditions alerting the paint shop staff when process circumstances begin to trend out of acceptable ranges.
With its less than six month payback and low cost to implement, the solution is now rolling out to 20 plants in the GM family. Proficy CIMPLICITY is presently deployed by GM's in 85 global facilities in the USA, South America, Europe and Asia.
Proficy CIMPLICITY either provides or is the basis of GMâ€™s 11 Global common manufacturing applications that include production monitoring and control, bank management and vehicle routing and control in the paint process.
Will the solution uncover hidden energy savings across manufacturing facilities?
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