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GE merges Intelligent Platforms with Alstom's controls

10 November, 2015

GE is merging its Intelligent Platforms business with Alstom Power Automation & Controls – which it acquired recently as part of its $13.6bn purchase of Alstom’s Power and Grid business – to create a new operation called GE Automation & Controls, employing 2,400 people in 30 countries.

One of the main aims of the new business will be to bring the benefits of the Industrial Internet to the power generation and distribution sector.

GE says that the new business will allow customers to connect their machines, data and people for better, faster, safer and more reliable performance. Its automation and controls portfolio – which includes industrial software, distributed control systems and process safety systems – will provide the foundation for collecting data from assets and processes, and help customers to use the data to derive insights that they can act on.

Automation & Controls will also offer support services, including a global network of professionals with application and industry-specific expertise, round-the-clock emergency support, and online case management.

“Our single focus is to connect our customers’ data to amazing analytics, helping them solve their most complicated business challenges,” says Jim Walsh, CEO of the new business. “The deployment of our automation and controls solutions has helped our industrial customers achieve significant results, such as 98% online availability, 25% increased fleet efficiency and $5-10m savings every year. With these levels of productivity and efficiency gains, they are able to provide more accessible, affordable and sustainable power and services to consumers worldwide.”

GE’s Automation & Controls technology already controls and monitors thousands of assets worldwide. The company claims that it receives more than 20,000 signals every minute and that it:

Walsh: connecting customers’ data to "amazing analytics"

•  automates the processes that generate half of the world’s power;

•  controls a quarter of the world’s blow-out preventers, thus keeping oil production safe; and

•  serves a third of the world’s metro systems.

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