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WHAT IS EDGE

Edge is the physical location that allows computing closer to the source of data. Edge Computing enables analytics and resulting insights to occur closer to the deployed machine. Now, applications can not only collect data locally and respond to changes in that data, but they can also perform meaningful localized analytics.

THE ADVANTAGE

GE’s manufacturing legacy has provided a comprehensive wealth of knowledge about industrial equipment monitoring and performance. GE’s industrial cloud platform, Predix, turns data into actionable insights with analytics based on a century of industrial experience and optimizes assets and operations with advanced data science.

Due to the remote nature of cloud computing, some industrial equipment and processes have been unable to take advantage of the Industrial Internet because of the cost and limitations in network bandwidth, the calculation and communication speed needed, and data privacy and security considerations. These factors spark the need for a new computing architecture, one that occurs near the asset itself.

Predix Edge allows industrial firms to run applications and analytics locally, leveraging GE’s Field Agent technology on stand-alone devices or embedded in an Outcome Optimizing Controller. IIoT computing at the edge improves real-time analytics and further drives business process optimization.

RESULT OF IIOT COMPUTING AT THE EDGE
  • Conserve network bandwidth and dramatically decrease associated costs

  • Reduce latency by managing, processing, and storing data at the edge

  • Improve time to action and makes applications more resilient during periods of no connectivity

  • Increase security of sensitive information by retaining data on-site

ANATOMY OF A SOLUTION

Customers have many options when designing an IIoT solution. They can run apps and analytics locally at the edge and/or remotely in the cloud, depending on the needs of their assets and environment.

Predix provides an application framework that supports edge processing and logic execution at the most vital layer in a system architecture to enable cost-effective, high-performing (or optimal) Industrial Internet deployments. Computing at the edge can occur on stand-alone devices or embedded in a controller.

Anatomy of a Solution

GE’s Field Agent technology is the critical link required in this IIoT chain. Field Agents provide a pre-configured solution for secure data collection and conveyance from the machine.

KEY FEATURES OF GE'S FIELD AGENT TECHNOLOGY
  • Multiple connectivity options

  • Advanced security

  • Rugged design

  • Store and forward

  • Support for a variety of industrial protocols

  • Application flexibility

  • System flexibility

  • Support for custom extensions

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE VAST SOLUTION POSSIBILITIES FOR YOUR INDUSTRIAL OPERATION FROM ONE OF OUR GE IIOT EXPERTS.

IT'S IN OUR DNA

GE's manufacturing has yielded a comprehensive wealth of knowledge about industrial equipment monitoring and performance. As a result, GE is an industry leader in asset performance management technologies. GE has turned this experience and insight into a powerful set of digital solutions to help OEMs extend asset life, increase asset performance, and reduce downtime.

EDGE INSIGHT

Edge Insight is a comprehensive monitoring and analytics solution that leverages data from your distributed industrial equipment and turns it into actionable insights. Edge Insight provides data that can help drive cost reductions, increase customer value, create new revenue opportunities, and much more.

SECURE CONNECTIVITY FROM ASSET TO CLOUD

GE’s Field Agent technology provides a robust solution for secure data collection and communication to the cloud from nearly any type of industrial machine. Edge Insight is provided by default with our stand-alone ruggedized Mini Field Agent, ideal for pairing with existing systems and communicating data via Ethernet or cellular. Additional Field Agent types are available, including connected industrial controllers as well as server-class devices that also enable high capacity edge computing.

MACHINE & EQUIPMENT HEALTH

A ready-made cloud application enabled by GE’s Predix* system to monitor equipment health, including:

  • Fully configurable data blueprints and asset models

  • Configurable dashboards and alerts to detect anomalies in asset performance

  • Condition monitoring with Criticality Analysis to help you focus on critical asset issues

  • Case Management and Recommendation Management track asset issues and drive timely resolution

INDUSTRIAL APP DEVELOPMENT PLATFORM

Equipment monitoring and diagnostics are just the beginning. Predix* provides a platform on which you can develop and deploy custom industrial apps that run close to the asset - hosted on the Field Agent - and/or remotely, on the Predix Cloud. Industrial apps can enhance product performance or provide unique service offerings that differentiate your product from the competition. No one knows your product or your customers better than you do; leverage that knowledge to create new capabilities that can be continuously updated and remotely managed either in the cloud or on-site.

Industrial App Development Platform Graphic

SERVICES

GE has both industrial systems and the Industrial Internet of Things experts to help you quickly and easily get started. We’ll show you how to connect your assets to Predix via Field Agent technology and provide training and support as you start viewing and analyzing data. We also provide network and cybersecurity consulting, as well as app development services to help you add unique features for your product line.

GETTING STARTED

Implementing an IIoT strategy can be difficult, and knowing where to start can be even harder. GE’s rich heritage of technology leadership delivers some of the best minds in industrial automation products and processes. With GE’s Predix Edge Services, you are partnered with an industry expert, committed to helping you develop an IIoT strategy tailored to your specific needs.

We can connect your system and assets to the Industrial Internet, recommend solutions to reduce cyber security vulnerabilities, and partner with you to create custom apps. We have forged the path, now let us take some of the frustrations and risk out of starting your IIoT journey.

DATA VIZ APP

GE’s Data Viz App provides a clean, organized interface to let you easily view, manage, and act on the data captured from your industrial assets in Predix. Explore historical data, live data, or a combination of both. With remote connectivity, you can view tags and data streams from anywhere with Internet access and share data across your organization for easier collaboration.

Data Viz App Graphic

Take advantage of drag and drop tags, multiple y-axes on one chart, live trending, and more. Get all the data you want – in just the way you want to see it.

PREDIX EDGE STARTER SOLUTIONS

ESSENTIALS

GE’s Edge Essentials starter solution lets you to connect your data to Predix, providing an easy path to explore how Edge assets, analytics, and data-driven insights can improve your operations and impact your bottom line.

ASSESSMENT

GE’s Predix Edge Assessment starter solution is a specialist-led opportunity to connect a portion of your data to Predix and explore how analytics and data-driven insights can optimize your business.

CONNECTIVITY

GE’s Predix Edge Connectivity starter solution helps you harness the power of connected assets, analytics, and data-driven insights by guiding you to develop your own Edge app customized to meet your business needs.

CONNECTIVITY FOR ROCKWELL

GE’s Predix Edge Connectivity for Rockwell starter solution enables Rockwell installed-base customers to harness the power of connected assets, analytics, and data-driven insights by guiding you to develop your own Edge app.

CHOOSE THE RIGHT SOLUTION

ESSENTIALS

Evaluate the power of your on-premise data at a low cost. Try Predix Edge technology in its simplest form to see how it can bring value to your operations.

5 data tags per minute
  • 365 day trial
  • Connect through the GE Automation & Controls Predix* instance
  • Send data to the Predix Cloud with a maximum of 5 tags per minute
  • Machine Adaptors
  • OPC-UA, Modbus, OSI Pi, EGD
  • Expert Services
  • 1 day of on-site Edge Services
  • Device installation
  • Tag configuration
  • Edge Manager enrollment/deployment
  • Data Viz App setup
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SHOWHIDE FEATURES

ASSESSMENT

Connect a portion of your data to Predix and get a hands-on experience formulating an Edge strategy to suit your business.

3,000 data tags per minute
  • 90 day trial
  • Connect through the GE Automation & Controls Predix* instance
  • Send data to the Predix Cloud with a maximum of 3,000 tags per minute
  • Machine Adaptors
  • OPC-UA, Modbus, OSI Pi, EGD
  • Expert Services
  • 1 day of on-site Edge Services
  • Device installation
  • Tag configuration
  • Edge Manager enrollment/deployment
  • Data Viz App setup
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CONNECTIVITY

Develop your own custom apps and connect your assets to a Field Agent all while having full control over which users and groups have access to your valuable data.

6,000 data tags per minute
  • 365 day trial
  • Predix* tenancy allows you to connect through your own custom app
  • Send data to the Predix Cloud with a maximum of 6,000 tags per minute
  • Machine Adaptors
  • OPC-UA, Modbus, OSI Pi, EGD
  • Rockwell Ethernet IP
  • Expert Services
  • 3 days of on-site Edge Services
  • Device installation
  • Tag configuration
  • Edge Manager enrollment/deployment
  • Data Viz App setup
  • Tenancy setup including User Authentication and Authorization (UAA)
  • 2 days of App Discovery
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  • For Rockwell Customers
  • Ethernet IP adaptor connects between Rockwell PLCs and GE’s Mini Field Agent
  • Compatible with ControlLogix, CompactLogix, and MicoLogix PLCs
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MEET OUR GURU

Steve Pavlosky
FEATURED

Steve Pavlosky is an Industrial Internet pioneer and firm believer in the value and power of data. He led GE’s introduction of the first hosted remote monitoring and diagnostics solution in the market and the first standardized data collection appliance to connect remote assets.

As a digital technology leader at GE, Steve partners with top power generation, oil & gas, and OEM customers to improve productivity, reliability, and availability across fleets of distributed assets with Predix-based connectivity and analytics solutions. Steve is passionate about helping businesses, regardless of size, revolutionize their operations and develop new business models and revenue streams by combining next-generation controls, edge and cloud-based analytics, secure communications, and enterprise-wide visibility.

Steve has more than 30 years of experience in industrial automation at GE and is a noted speaker and writer on the future of Industrial Internet technology. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering from Clarkson University.

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