GE Intelligent Platforms

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GE's Automation & Controls
Private (subsidiary of General Electric)
Industry Industrial Internet technology solutions
Founded Charlottesville, Virginia (1987)
Headquarters Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Jim Walsh, General Manager, Software and Services & Bernie Anger General Manager, Control Solutions and Embedded
Products Industrial software, control solutions, and embedded computing platforms
Parent General Electric
Website www.geautomation.com

GE’s Automation and Controls platform combines what was formerly known as GE Intelligent Platforms and Alstom’s Power Automation & Controls. GE’s Automation and Control solutions optimize assets and equipment for today’s connected industries. With solutions such as computing and control platforms, operator interface and HMI, future-proof hardware, pre-engineered systems, and real-time operational intelligence, GE connects machines, data and people for better, faster, safer and more reliable performance. GE Industrial Internet [1] enabled solutions provide the foundation to collect data from assets and processes so that it can be leveraged for actionable insight and increased profitability.

Connecting machine level data with networked sensors and software is critical to keeping pace with rapid growth and maintaining a competitive edge. It requires high-performance computing technology that is rugged, flexible and upgradable. To help businesses compete in today’s connected business environment, GE has designed a simplified automation architecture to support machines and plants with increased value and decreased complexity, redefining the way that engineers and operators interact with and manage equipment assets.

GE’s Automation & Controls portfolio includes mission critical power and cooling solutions, distributed control systems, remote monitoring & diagnostics, and comprehensive 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.[2]

GE is a leading provider of pre-engineered distributed control systems for power plants worldwide. Partnering with the customer to understand challenges and project goals is GE’s top priority in every system implementation. GE’s extensive involvement in engineering and execution not only ensures that installation is carried out safely and efficiently but also that support is available throughout every phase of the system life cycle, from design and implementation to asset management and long-term services.

Security is of increasing importance for today’s connected industries. GE’s secure control solutions boost productivity, maintain system availability, and protect valuable operational information and customer data. Customers look to GE to help protect their system investments, reduce operational risk, protect the environment, and maintain their customers’ trust.

With a commitment to maintaining the integrity, availability, and confidentiality of system data, GE collaborates with industry working groups, standards bodies, government agencies, and the research community to continually improve the security of industrial control systems and global infrastructure.

History[edit]

In 1986, GE Fanuc Automation Corporation was jointly established in the U.S.A. by FANUC and General Electric. Under the new joint venture (JV) company, three operating companies, GE Fanuc Automation North America, Inc., in the U.S.A., 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.

Acquisitions[edit]

  • 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[3]

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