The programmable logic controller (PLC) technologies of the Intelligent Platforms business, says Emerson, will enable it to provide its customers broader control and management of their operations. By interfacing the PLC technology of Intelligent Platforms with its distributed control systems, says the company, customers will be able to connect “islands of automation” within the plant to further enhance operational performance, safety, and reliability.

Both Emerson and Intelligent Platforms have been focused on leveraging automation technologies to drive digital transformation in their end markets. Intelligent Platforms recently developed a new family of cloud-connected controllers and devices to enable smarter plants – what Emerson sees as a strong complement to its focus on digital transformation and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) through its Plantweb digital ecosystem.

“Adding GE’s Intelligent Platforms business makes Emerson an even stronger player in the automation space and expands our capabilities to serve the needs across process, hybrid, and discrete markets,” says Emerson Chairman and Chief Executive Officer David N. Farr. “This is another important investment in our global portfolio of automation technologies, offering discrete and machine control capabilities that complement our process control expertise to provide better solutions to our customers.”

Based in Charlottesville, Virginia, Intelligent Platforms has approximately 650 employees worldwide. Its sale comes just days after parent company GE installed a new CEO, Larry Culp, replacing John Flannery who had only been at the company’s helm since August of last year.

“Intelligent Platforms brings a solid product portfolio to serve our target markets, along with a significant installed base,” says Lal Karsanbhai, executive president of Emerson Automation Solutions. “We are extremely pleased to have this unique opportunity to add a recognized discrete control capability to our growing portfolio of products and software applications that help our customers operate more safely and efficiently.”

The acquisition is expected to close in the first half of fiscal 2019.

GE Automation

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