GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms Announces Proficy® Machine Edition 6.0 Simplifying Programming and Speeding Time To Solution

Integrated development environment supports applications throughout project life cycle


Charlottesville, VA, July 29, 2009    GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms, a unit of GE Enterprise Solutions, today announced the availability of the latest version of its award winning Proficy® Machine Edition programming software.   Proficy Machine Edition is a universal development environment for HMI, motion, and control applications that all share a single workspace and tool set. Coupled with an efficient, user-friendly structure and standardized user interface, Proficy Machine Edition is designed for ease-of-use and quick time-to-solution for the entire project lifecycle. From configuring and developing to commissioning and maintaining, Proficy Machine Edition 6.0 increases the efficacy of applications providing users with a sustainable advantage for their business.
“Proficy Machine Edition release 6.0 is all about making it even easier for users to simplify programming, speed the time-to-solution, and enhance the overall object oriented programming capability,” said Kam Yuen, GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms’ Product Manager for Proficy Machine Edition. “We are adding features that will enable users to increase their programming efficiency and reduce initial errors, so that they can complete their projects and realize revenue from their applications more quickly.” 
Included in the Proficy Machine Edition 6.0 release is the ability to create User Defined Data Types, allowing users to create data structures that represent real world equipment and objects. This feature may contain basic data types such as integers, real numbers, Boolean variables, or other User Defined Data Types. All of the structure elements can be referenced individually as well as a whole, and individual elements or the entire structure can be passed to a function block. Together with our award winning Tool Box feature, User Defined Type provides our customers with a powerful object oriented programming environment that will significantly reduce their application development time and increase their productivity.
Also included in the Proficy Machine Edition 6.0 release is Variable Indexed Arrays. This allows users to index an array of basic type and User Defined Type using a variable in Structure Text, Function Block Diagram, and Ladder Diagram environment. Variable Indexed Arrays provides an important tool that will enable our customers to develop modular and reusable code.
“In the end, companies want a powerful, object based development environment that is simple to use, so that they can develop great applications for their end users,” concluded Yuen. “Proficy Machine Edition 6.0 provides them that ability, making it easier to realize the benefits of their application throughout its entire lifecycle.”
Proficy Machine Edition 6.0 is available immediately. 
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About GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms
GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms, a joint venture between General Electric Company (NYSE: GE) and FANUC LTD of Japan, is an experienced high-performance technology company and a global provider of hardware, software, services, and expertise in automation and embedded computing. We offer a unique foundation of agile, advanced and ultra-reliable technology that provides customers a sustainable advantage in the industries they serve, including energy, water, consumer packaged goods, government & defense, and telecommunications. GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms is a worldwide company headquartered in Charlottesville, VA and is part of GE Enterprise Solutions. For more information, visit
About GE Enterprise Solutions
GE Enterprise Solutions elevates customers' productivity and profitability with integrated solutions using sensors and non-destructive testing; security and life safety technologies; power system protection and control; and plant automation and embedded computing systems. Enterprise Solutions' high-tech, high-growth businesses include Sensing & Inspection Technologies, Security, Digital Energy, and GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms.
Elli Holman, GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms