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Emerson acquire GE’s Intelligent Platforms business

The US-based automation specialists Emerson has announced that it has completed the purchase of Intelligent Platforms, a division of General Electric.

Intelligent Platforms' programmable logic controller (PLC) technologies will enable Emerson to expand its capabilities in machine control and discrete applications and will provide customers with broader control and management of their operations.

Intelligent Platforms, with its portfolio of cloud-connected controllers and devices for smart plants, will serve as a strong complement to Emerson’s industry-leading Plantweb digital ecosystem.

By bringing Intelligent Platforms’ PLC technology together with Emerson’s distributed control systems, customers will now be able to connect “islands of automation” within the plant to enhance operational performance, safety and reliability.

“Adding this 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,” explained Emerson chairman and CEO 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.”

Intelligent Platforms is based in Charlottesville, Virginia, with approximately 650 employees worldwide and 2017 sales of $210 million/ The company provides machine control, industrial computing, input/output (I/O) and networking devices, project and integration services and other hardware/software solutions.

“Intelligent Platforms brings a solid product portfolio to serve our target markets, along with a significant installed base,” said Lal Karsanbhai, executive president of Emerson Automation Solutions.

“We are extremely pleased to have this unique opportunity to add a recognised discrete control capability to our growing portfolio of products and software applications that help our customers operate more safely and efficiently.”

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Neil Tyler

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