GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms (GE Fanuc), a unit of GE Enterprise Solutions, has introduced a new Proficy HMI/ supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) CIMPLICITY control and visualization product. CIMPLICITY 8.0 delivers a new user experience to drive lower total cost of ownership (TCO), increased productivity, and ease of use for developers.

“This new version of CIMPLICITY will keep customers ahead with advanced visualization and platform technologies for a sustainable advantage,” said Claire Cerrato, general manager, Automation Software Products for GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms. “CIMPLICITY 8.0 delivers unprecedented insight into operations with powerful features that help reduce costs and increase productivity. It also supports the latest operating systems and development platforms with Microsoft Vista SP1 and Windows Server 2008, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 to ensure that customers are well positioned today and into the future for scalability and growth.”

New features in Proficy HMI/SCADA CIMPLICITY 8.0 include:

New User Interface: CIMPLICITY 8.0 introduces a new way for developers to interact with their HMI/SCADA application. With a new look and feel for the CIMEdit development environment, based on Microsoft-fluent User Interface (UI) technology, users will instantly realize timesavings and reduced costs. The new UI follows the Ribbon Bar concept, which enables quicker access to galleries and the ability to create custom menus thereby increasing productivity.

All New Graphics Engine: CIMPLICITY 8.0 introduces a new graphics-rendering engine, including larger development canvas functionality for runtime and development, transparency abilities, improved gradient shading, anti-aliasing, native picture support, and a pipe object tool. With a built-in CIMView rubber-band zoom tool that enables dynamic zooming from the toolbar, users have enhanced visual accessibility.

Dynamic Time Handling: CIMPLICITY 8.0 features a dynamic time handling capability — changing time zones “on the fly” is now native to CIMPLICITY 8.0. With applications being accessed globally, this capability is key to handling multiple global clients and clients progressively moving through time zones.

Digital Graphical Replay 2.0: CIMPLICITY 8.0 introduces Digital Graphical Replay (DGR) 2.0, which lets users replay and analyze past events in slow motion, real time or up to 10x the speed—enabling them to identify and troubleshoot issues and prevent repeat occurrences. DGR 2.0 provides the ability to replay trend data for more intelligent decision-making and accelerated issue resolution.

Enhanced Security Protection: CIMPLICITY 8.0 requires only a Microsoft Windows Vista/Server 2008 standard user account. It has been thoroughly tested to ensure full operation while using a standard user account with no User Account Protection (UAP) security prompts, therefore reducing the risk of unauthorized file/program access and core system issues.

Proficy Historian Integration: The new CIMPLICITY includes 100 Proficy Historian tags, providing applications with true information—not just data—for enhanced decision-making.

Enabling Success Today and Tomorrow: CIMPLICITY 8.0 offers seamless integration with our Proficy software suite for a complete solution and leverages an open system design to protect current and future investments.

“The depth of enhancements in this new product demonstrates GE Fanuc’s commitment to investing in CIMPLICITY,” concluded Cerrato. “Our customers told us what they wanted in a new CIMPLICITY and this new version delivers value-added features relevant to today’s tough business climate.”