Next Level Energy and Alarm Management in ICONICS’ Latest Release
ICONICS is a global automation software provider of advanced industry 4.0 Webenabled OPC UA and BACnet certified visualization, analytics, and mobile software solutions for any energy, manufacturing, industrial, or building automation application. This year marks a few milestones. Within 2021, ICONICS will mark its 35th year of operations, doing so within its first full year as a group company of Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, itself celebrating the 100th anniversary of its establishment.
This year also marks the release of the latest version of ICONICS Suite: version 10.97. With this latest release, ICONICS has addressed a wide variety of customer challenges through innovative technological solutions and enhancements across its automation software lineup of data visualization, archiving/rapid retrieval, analytics, mobile apps, and edge to cloud connectivity. Some of the new additions include ICONICS’ connected field service software, CFSWorX™’, integration with Maximo, ServiceNow, and Azure Active Directory and support for load balancing. The Data Exporter within ICONICS’ high-speed data historian, Hyper Historian™, now supports Azure Data Lake Generation 2 and other scalable cloud storage services. Also newly added are Sankey Diagram controls, available for use across any of ICONICS’ visualization environments on any desktop, laptop, web browser, or smart device.
This issue of Maintworld highlights energy management and condition monitoring in maintenance applications. Solutions for both of these requirements are included within version 10.97 of ICONICS Suite, as well.
Energy AnalytiX® for Energy Management
Energy management systems help to deliver rich platform and browser-independent real-time visualization of energy use. Such software can address any size application, from a single building to an entire campus or multi-site enterprise. Energy management system software also involves monitoring, analyzing, and improving organizational assets. It helps to optimize energy usage of buildings and equipment and can help identify energy-related efficiency issues in production processes. It also helps to simplify workflow for maintenance personnel and field operatives.
With such software tools, users can create IT firewall-friendly, secure custom energy dashboards and kiosks to view reports for analysis of energy consumption patterns, resource usage, and progress on sustainability efforts. Maintenance personnel, site managers, and building engineers can quickly and intuitively navigate energy-related data and discover opportunities for improvement.
ICONICS’ energy management system software, Energy AnalytiX®, provides open universal data connectivity and enterprise integration to a wide variety of building management systems (BMS), SCADA, enterprise resource planning (ERP), and control systems. Managers of commercial or government buildings, university campuses, and industrial plants can use this revolutionary smart energy software solution to configure, customize, operate, and improve. Energy AnalytiX includes built-in calculations, KPIs, analytics, data historian, reporting, and the rich visualization needed to take decisive action to reduce and manage utility costs and consumption.
Energy AnalytiX can be deployed quickly in order to more swiftly achieve return on investment. Integration with a wide variety of existing meters, coupled with preconfigured charts, helps to reduce the engineering time involved. It can also help realize cost savings through informed decision-making, as organizations frequently seek ways to reduce consumption, monitor conditions, lower energy costs, and minimize carbon emissions. Energy AnalytiX provides in-depth comparison and visualization of energy costs.
ICONICS energy management software comes with the ability to provide standard cost, consumption, and carbon reports. Charts can include consumption (electric, wind, solar, steam, gas, water, and/or cogen), costs (electricity, steam, water, and/or gas), conditions (occupants, equipment runtime, sun, air handling unit, zone footage, outside air temperature [OAT], and/or component count), and carbon (carbon dioxide and/or methane). Energy AnalytiX can also integrate with a wide array of meter types, featuring compatibility with manufacturers in multiple energy-related categories (electric, wind, solar, steam, gas, water, and/or cogen), which helps toward quicker configuration and ROI.
With Energy AnalytiX, users are able to drill down into the causes of abnormal energy use. Asset-based management provides setup and configuration to any level of aggregation. Users can drill down to specific sources of energy efficiencies and locate suspected consumption offenders. The software is also widely scalable, from a single building to a large campus to a global enterprise location portfolio to even an entire city.
In the latest version 10.97 release, Energy AnalytiX’ data model and sample dashboards have been updated to utilize the previously mentioned Sankey Diagram control. Sankey diagrams help illustrate information flow between different sources and destinations. The Sankey diagram expects a dataset with three columns: a source, a destination, and a weight. In runtime, the diagram intelligently draws the correctly weighted lines between each source and destination. Optionally, gains and losses can also be visualized, while the colors and shapes of the nodes and links can be extensively customized, if desired.
Condition Monitoring and Improved Alarm Management
ICONICS provides multiple software tools capable of condition monitoring, as well as remote systems management. One aspect of condition monitoring that ICONICS has advanced, specifically for its version 10.97 release, is alarm management, with the result being its new Hyper Alarm Server product. Hyper Alarm Server offers ISA 18.2-compliant and redundant alarming using all new technology, allowing for better performance, more control, native integration
with ICONICS product communications, and easy, intuitive configuration via ICONICS’ asset-based management system, AssetWorX™.
ICONICS Suite version 10.97 still includes the existing AlarmWorX64™ Server solution, but users are encouraged to experience the added benefits of Hyper Alarm Server. One such feature enables access to historical data for each tag, making it even easier to configure rate-of-change or similar alarm types. Another allows for unlimited related values, empowering users to analyze alarm information from a creative array of new angles. ICONICS believes Hyper Alarm Server represents the future of advanced SCADA systems for its unparalleled performance and extensive functionality.
Also new in the Hyper Alarm Server, users are able to define alarm types, which act as a template or class for alarm tags. The type defines the core logic behind an alarm, its states or conditions, when it is evaluated, and more. The sample Hyper Alarm Server configuration includes several of the most common alarm types. In comparison, AlarmWorX64 Server had a set of hard-coded alarm types – such as digital or limit – that worked in very specific ways. Users with specific needs could not always get the alarm behavior they needed. Hyper Alarm Server alarm types give users the freedom to customize the way alarms work without having to implement counterintuitive workarounds or request product enhancements. Hyper Alarm Server is also available for edge devices running ICONICS’ Internet of Things compatibility software, IoTWorX™.
FREE Trial Download of ICONICS Suite Version 10.97
Visit https://iconics.com/Downloads/Download-ICONICS-Suite to download a trial copy of the latest version of ICONICS Suite, including both Energy AnalytiX and the new Hyper Alarm Server.
Companies enhance their productivity and profitability by performing appropriate maintenance on their physical assets. The assets need to operate optimally and be available throughout production cycles. Most organizations optimize their maintenance programs to lower maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) costs. Excessive expenditure on equipment maintenance results in lower profit margins.
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