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GE Intelligent Platforms Joins Board of PI North America

Bernie Anger of GE Intelligent Platforms joins the board of PI North America, the organization guiding Profibus and Profinet industrial networking protocols.

Bernie Anger, general manager of control and communication systems for GE Intelligent Platforms ( is a new member of the board of PI North America (, the organization guiding Profibus and Profinet industrial network protocols.

The appointment follows GE Intelligent Platforms’ commitment to use Profinet, PI’s real time Ethernet solution for automation in the manufacturing and process industries, as the backbone network of its next generation PACSystems controller architecture, according to Michael Bryant, executive director of PI North America.

Anger said one of the reasons GE chose Profinet for its next generation platform was that “it is based on an open protocol developed collectively by major global players. Profinet via real-time Ethernet will allow [GE to more deeply] focus on customer-solution-specific needs.” The Charlottesville, Va., company is a provider of software, hardware, services, and expertise in automation and embedded computing. PI North America is one of 27 regional associations that make up the global PI community.

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