On October 27 – 29, GE Intelligent Platforms hosted its User Summit in Orlando, FL with over 600 people in attendance. Ideas from the event included the Industrial Internet, Big Data, Uptime, and Analytics, with an overarching theme of:
Connect >> Monitor >> Analyze >> Predict >> Optimize
PROFINET is used right at the beginning in the “Connect” phase to provide real-time data. For GE in particular, this often includes redundancy, or what they call “high availability”.
According to GE, the holy-grail for industrial companies is what they term as zero unplanned downtime.
A roundup can be found here.
Here’s GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt’s keynote address (video) from the event.