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GE Fanuc pushes into process by buying MTL`s MOST

01 April, 2008

Following Cooper Crouse Hindís recent acquisition of the UK-based MTL Instruments Group for £144m, GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms is buying MTLís Open Systems Technology (MOST) products, which include general-purpose and intrinsically safe I/O, the SafetyNet SIL 2 functional safety system, and other process control technologies. No terms have been disclosed for the deal which is expected to be completed soon, subject to the customary closing conditions.

"This acquisition illustrates GE Fanucís commitment to the process market segments and will further enhance our offerings by providing customers with a superior line of SIL 2 controls, intrinsically safe rated I/O modules, and process control technologies," says Bill Estep, vice-president of GE Fanucís Control Systems Business.

"GE Fanuc is serious about process as shown by this acquisition, along with organic developments and our other technology partnerships," Estep adds. "Like MTL, a key part of our strategy for process solutions is based on working closely with system integrators to provide value-added domain expertise and flexibility for a wide array of customer solutions. GE Fanuc looks forward to working with the many integrators who have worked with the MTL products in the past to provide superior process solutions to our extended, customer base."

The addition of the redundant SIL 2 certified controllers and intrinsically safe I/O to GE Fanucís process portfolio, will allow the company to address the safety system needs of process customers. The technology allows I/O to be mounted in Zone 1 and 2 hazardous areas and is built to withstand extremes of temperature and vibration.

"When GE Fanuc launched its Proficy Process Systems last year, we took an open approach toward supporting fieldbus technology and I/O," comments Steve Ryan, GE Fanucís director of process solutions. "The addition of the MTL8000 line of I/O re-emphasises our commitment to providing our customers with the freedom to choose the I/O, safety and process control strategy that best meets their needs."

MTL chief executive, Graeme Philp says that combining MTL Open Systems Technology with GE Fanuc Intelligent Platformsí global reach "will provide OEMs and end-users with highly competitive choices at a great value.

"MTL will continue to invest in key process related infrastructure such as wireless, fieldbus communications and intrinsic safety," he adds.

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