Got control? GE Intelligent Platforms is about control -- its PACSystems deliver programmable automation control (to integrate plant equipment with networking systems), programmable logic controllers (PLCs, digital computers that control machinery), and other motion control systems. A subsidiary of General Electric, the company also offers embedded systems, including ruggedized boards for extreme environments, and industrial automation software, as well as additional training and services that address customers' needs in the consumer packaged goods, energy, military and aerospace, and telecommunications industries. It markets directly and through manufacturers and distributors.
GE Intelligent Platforms appointed Jody Markopoulos as its president and CEO in 2011, succeeding Maryrose Sylvester who became president and CEO of GE Lighting. Markopoulos joined GE in 1994, and was previously head of sourcing for GE Energy, a position she held from 2005.
GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms, a 23-year joint venture between General Electric and FANUC, was amicably dissolved in 2009. The GE Fanuc portfolio was divided by the industry focus of each partner. The dissolution was prompted by the divergent business priorities and industry interests held by GE and FANUC. GE renamed its portion of the business as GE Intelligent Platforms; its enterprise and automation software, process control systems, and embedded computing will continue to receive support and investment from GE. FANUC walked away with the joint venture's CNC (computer numerical control) lineup.