Today we’re announcing the Aluminum release of Element Unify™. We’re constantly updating our product to reflect the latest learnings working with our customers. Some of you may know that we’ve been tracking each release using a name from the periodic table of elements. With each release as a new atomic number, we give birth to a new Element (Pop Quiz: What is the atomic number of Aluminum? Find out here.).
The Aluminum release adds new features to Asset Explorer. Asset Explorer offers operational teams an easy way to build and explore hierarchies of asset data and is a core function of Element Unify. Hierarchies allow different data consumers to view information about the relationships between data in a way that makes sense to them. For example, what’s good for the reliability engineer who wants a hierarchy of target equipment, won’t work for the process engineer who needs to see the data across multiple units within an overall process. If you’d like more detail on what Element Unify can do within your organization, read more here.
Anyhow, back to the new features:
When you launch Asset Explorer, you will notice a revamped UI. We’ve made the build process more intuitive by orienting the hierarchy horizontally. While this is not how hierarchies are traditionally viewed, it allows you to more easily align the contents of each level - making it easier to see what you are building.
Customers use Element Unify to also explore assets in detail. Information about each hierarchy is now presented in a card (similar to our Asset Templates and exports). Clicking on a card opens up a flyout that displays a preview of the hierarchy - ensuring that the data consumer it is destined for will find it useful.
Lurking behind our revamped UI is an equally revamped method of encoding hierarchies. Many use cases, especially in the transmission and distribution (T&D) market, demand enterprise-wide hierarchies that reflect a large and complex, distributed infrastructure. With our Aluminum release, we can now support millions of data streams, hundreds of levels deep, ensuring that any hierarchy can be encoded in Element Unify (Have more complex needs in mind? Contact us to challenge our engineering team!).
Last but not least is privacy. Creating hierarchies takes time as you work with the data and the teams involved. This ‘work in progress’ is likely not something you want accessible by others. With our Aluminum release, you can construct your own private hierarchies, keeping this sensitive data away from prying eyes until you are ready to publish them.
Element Unify connects, manages, and shares asset data across the enterprise by developing Asset Twins – dynamic digital representations of equipment. With Element, any person or system can have a 360-degree view of every asset. Learn more here.