GE Automation & Controls

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GE Automation & Controls
Private (subsidiary of General Electric)
IndustryIndustrial Internet technology
FoundedCharlottesville, Virginia (1987)
Charlottesville, Virginia
Area served
Key people
Rob McKeel, General Manager
ProductsIndustrial software and embedded computing platforms
ParentGeneral Electric

General Electric Automation and Controls division combines what was formerly known as GE Intelligent Platforms and Alstom's Power Automation and Controls.

GE Automation and Controls produce power and cooling products, distributed control systems, remote monitoring and diagnostics, and support services including the design and commissioning of pre-engineered systems. Industries served include OEMs, power, oil and gas, manufacturing, military and aerospace, mining and metals, telecommunications, and water and wastewater industries.[1]


In 1986, GE Fanuc Automation Corporation was jointly established in the US by FANUC and General Electric (GE). Under the joint venture company, three operating companies, GE Fanuc Automation North America, Inc., in the U.S., GE Fanuc Automation Europe S.A. in Luxembourg, and Fanuc GE Automation Asia Ltd. in Japan were established (the Asian company was established in 1987).

In 2007, the company was renamed to GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms (and GE Fanuc Automation Solutions Europe SA became GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms Europe SA). GE Fanuc Automation CNC Europe changed its name to Fanuc GE CNC Europe.

In 2009, GE and Fanuc agreed to dissolve joint venture and the software, controls and embedded business became part of GE, under the new name GE Intelligent Platforms.

In 2015, GE Intelligent Platforms, Inc. changed its name to Automation & Controls upon acquisition of Alstom's Power Automation & Controls business.

In 2018, amidst ambitious restructuration plans for the whole General Electric group, it was announced that Emerson Electric was to acquire Intelligent Platforms[2], and the deal was completed on February 1st, 2019[3].


  • 1998: completed acquisition of AFE Technologies (first purchased 70% in late 1996)
  • 1998: acquired Total Control Products
  • 2000: acquired DataViews Corp
  • 2001: acquired VMIC
  • 2002: acquired Intellution, Inc.
  • 2003: acquired RAMiX
  • 2003: acquired Mountain Systems, Inc.
  • 2006: acquired (technology assets of) Condor Engineering
  • 2006: acquired SBS Technologies
  • 2006: acquired Radstone Technology PLC
  • 2008: acquired process technology assets from MTL Instruments Group
  • 2011: acquired SmartSignal, Inc
  • 2011: acquired technology assets of CSense Systems (Pty) Ltd.
  • 2015: acquired Alstom Power Automation & Controls
  • 2015: sold its embedded systems division to Veritas Capital, now known as Abaco Systems[4]


  1. ^ "GE Automation & Controls | Automation World". Retrieved 2016-01-05.
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  3. ^ Acquisition grows Emerson’s presence as complete automation solutions provider for process, hybrid and discrete end markets
  4. ^ "Abaco Systems, Former GE Embedded Technology and Systems Business Launches, Prioritizes Innovation and Customer Service". Business Wire. Berkshire Hathaway. Retrieved 29 January 2016.

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