GE Fanuc Automation’s recent acquisition of Mountain View Systems Inc. (MSI), a Green Bay, Wisc.-based supplier of manufacturing execution systems (MES), will provide additional advantages for GE Fanuc customers, according to executives at the company, an affiliate of GE Industrial Systems.
Mountain Systems’ Proficy for Manufacturing product is described as “MES for the Masses,” since it is built as a suite of “off-the-shelf” configurable software applications. These applications include quality management, efficiency management, production management, product genealogy, and more.
Kevin Roach, GE Fanuc vice president of global solutions business, notes that this product fits within GE Fanuc’s core competency of collecting manufacturing information from disparate systems and giving visibility into the data plus transforming the data into usable information.
Roach continues, “This acquisition adds tools to our portfolio to enhance our customers’ operational excellence. It also gives us additional domain expertise. MSI has been working with our Intellution unit for some time and our products are already integrated. In fact, MSI was instrumental in the development of [GE Fanuc’s] iHistorian. The vision of MSI was to create a revolutionary type of MES application that would be an open solution with broad industry applicability.
“Proficy was developed to leverage the data retained in historians from any vendor–not just iHistorian–and use that information for a multitude of analytic functions that are attractive to both process and discrete customers. iHistorian, in turn, was developed to work with any HMI/SCADA (human machine interface/supervisory control and data acquistion) application. It is that diversity–the ability to serve customers from across all industries–that provides us with a key competitive advantage and enables us to deliver ‘MES to the Masses.’”
MSI will become part of GE Fanuc’s global solutions group headed by Roach. “We’re fully aware that the true assets of any software and technology company are the minds who develop the solutions,” concludes Roach, “so the MSI team is a welcome addition.”