GE Integrates Audit Trails and eSignatures into Electronic Work Processes To Further Enable Regulatory Compliance and Increase Industrial Environment Security

New Proficy® Workflow Version 1.5 features validated system support to track and optimize production operations


CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA   SEPTEMBER 23, 2010   GE Intelligent Platforms today announced the availability of the latest version of its Proficy® Workflow work process management solution. This new software features validated system support capabilities allowing companies to create a more secure and regulatory complicant environment, ultimately saving time and reducing cost.
“Electronic signatures allow creation of a more secure environment by requiring that operators electronically ‘sign’ for data entry changes,” said Sheila Kester, General Manager for Operations Management Software for GE Intelligent Platforms. “An audit trail is necessary for regulatory compliance helping to prove that you have control of your process and allows you to track not only what occurred; but when it occurred, and who was responsible for the occurrence. While mandated in highly regulated industries such as Life Sciences and Food & Beverage, this technology can reduce risk and optimize production in all operations environments. ”
Validated system support is accomplished through eSignature for auditable data. Electronic signatures uniquely identify the operator making the change, and can optionally require the electronic signature of another person to verify the change by providing a method of recording actions that have been performed within the Proficy Workflow system. In addition to audit trails, Proficy Workflow now includes the ability to generate audit reports for the topics configured for auditing, as well as reports on the electronic signatures performed in workflows.
Proficy Workflow 1.5 also features 64-bit support and better scalability. Furthermore, ISA-95 model additions allow users to manage inventory with materials in lots and sublots. New service method activities permit creating, incrementing, decrementing, querying, reading, changing the status or location of, deleting, and closing lots and sublots. The ISA-95 model additions also offer new resource utilization feedback for improved business reporting, material planning and process optimization. Version 1.5 features comprehensive response models for reporting resources used/consumed and allows recording of actual people, equipment and materials used during a process.
“Proficy Workflow enables an environment of information-rich, circumstance-based workflows for improved business reporting, material planning and process optimization,” Kester continued. “Operators can understand what’s happening around them and can react in a sequenced and procedural manner that is repeatable every single day.”
Proficy Workflow 1.5 is the latest example of how GE’s $4 billion-a-year software and solutions services businesses are helping customers improve productivity.
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