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GE Extends Software Suite to Facilitate Manufacturing Transformation Enabled by the Industrial Internet

Today at the ARC Industry Forum in Orlando, Florida, GE Intelligent Platforms (NYSE: GE) announced significant updates to its industry-leading suite of Proficy® Manufacturing software. These solutions have been designed specifically to meet the strategic objectives of today’s manufacturers as they transform their operations to meet the new realities of business potential enabled by the Industrial Internet. New capabilities are currently being shipped in the company’s Proficy OEE, Plant Applications, Scheduler, Open Enterprise, Vision, Datamart, Tracker software applications as well as the breakthrough Proficy for Manufacturing Discrete.

Proficy software provides users with the most comprehensive solutions for continuous improvement initiatives with a focus on quality, responsiveness to customer demands, and execution to increase production capacity and efficiency. According to a recent poll by LNS Research, manufacturing executives pegged the following imperatives as strategic:

  • 66% said consistent quality
  • 56% said responsiveness to customer demands
  • 49% said increasing production capacity and capabilities

“Proficy Manufacturing applications are robust, scalable tools that help manufacturers have better visibility across the business/plant floor,” said Don Busiek, General Manager Manufacturing Software for GE Intelligent Platforms. “And, all of the updates are driven by our customers as we constantly seek their input into our design process.”

All Proficy software provides “out-of-the-box” solutions making it easy and for customers to deploy and see value quickly. And, the proven platform is designed to ultimately enable manufacturing stability through harmonized supply chain, marketing and innovation within the plant. Proficy software provides a holistic plant floor user experience not available from other solution providers.

“The transformation of the manufacturing process today is driven by the explosion of data from today’s connected machines, enabled by the Industrial Internet,” said Busiek. “This data can help improve both the top and bottom line of a business improving customer service, shortening lead times, improving production performance and operations efficiently, all while avoiding costly mistakes.”

The Proficy Manufacturing software solutions take the information that is scattered throughout the organization, where interrelationships are difficult to understand and sometimes out of date, and provide a common way to navigate with timely and relevant insight and easy access enabled by the Industrial Internet.

“The challenges of manufacturers today – produce products faster, reduce WIP, maintain tight control on quality, streamline the supply chain, reduce warranty costs – are pervasive globally,” concluded Busiek. “Our goal is to enable manufacturers to enable their operators to be more efficient, more productive and their businesses to be more profitable. Proficy addresses their business drivers – balancing production workloads, reduce rework, meet regulatory constraints, collaborate across an extended enterprise, and build right first time, among others.”

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