Seems GE has relatively recently realized they’re being left in the dust with with their aging iFIX product (flat database, dated HMI configuration) - with no support for global UDTs or HMI objects.
I know I’ve threatened to cancel my yearly support contracts a few times.
They’ve been hustling to remedy this. Looks like they’re pulling inspiration heavily from Ignition. New web-based configuration that supports templating and responsive web-based HMI development tools in new Configuration Hub and Operations Hub tools. OPC-UA support is new as well.
Unfortunately it looks like the pretty front-end still connects to an outdated backend - for example presumably the tag UDT “templating” tool still creates individual tags in the flat database, presumably using part of the tag name to reflect the UDT hierarchy. And I believe this is still a one-time template - existing instances don’t get updated if the template is modified.
I like the web-based (as opposed to JVM based) design decision, but presumably that limits it to Windows installs, though i think i remember from a webinar that they’re looking into container-based functionality as well.
I’d appreciate any other opinions/input?