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GE Fanuc maps out its future

01 July, 2005

GE Fanuc Automation has unveiled its software development plans for the next few years, which will culminate in 2007 with an integrated HMI and SCADA product combining operating, control and analytical functions in one package.

The first step towards this goal happens later this year when GE Fanuc releases a major upgrade to its Proficy integrated production management family which it launched last year. The new version will allow users to standardise on a single manufacturing platform for managing real-time operations.

The new Proficy Platform will consist of two elements: a centralised production management hub, called Proficy Server; and a "command centre" for interfacing to Proficy applications and third-party systems, called Proficy Console.

GE Fanuc claims to be the market leader in HMI and SCDA applications, with more than 185,000 installations worldwide. Next year, it plans to release a new SCADA engine before launching the consolidated product in 2007, based on Microsoft`s forthcoming Vista operating system and Avalon display technology.

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