Automation & IT

GE to Consolidate Controls Platform

By Chemical Processing staff

Nov 12, 2013

GE Intelligent Platforms is in the process of consolidating its control platforms to enable the “industrial Internet,” the company said Nov. 6. The company’s convergence strategy starts with standardization on open systems across the platforms to provide customers with interoperability, secure communications and an optimal user experience (UX).

GE Intelligent Platform’s investment in a single integrated architecture features modular components, an Ethernet backbone and software applications all based on industry standards. As convergence continues, connected controls devices will enable more power at the point of control, while software applications provide local intelligence to deliver on the principles of the industrial Internet and machine-to-machine communications.

“Seamless communications, more efficient configuration and a great human experience are the foundation of the Industrial Internet,” said Bernie Anger, General Manager for GE Intelligent Platforms’ Controls & Communications Systems business. “Open standard protocols, high-performance controllers, shared system-level configuration tools and file formats that enable self-assembling nodes, and UX standards for tool and application development are going to allow customers to get connected faster and easier.”

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