GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms Demonstrates Proven Solutions For Lean Manufacturing at IMTS 2008

Factory Automation Solution Technology (FAST) Team Provides Wide Range of Custom Factory Automation Solutions and Integration Services That Go Beyond the Scope of Control Systems

CHICAGO, IL, SEPTEMBER 10, 2008 GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms, a unit of GE Enterprise Solutions, today announced a new initiative, Factory Automation Solution Technology (FAST), providing a team dedicated to help customers identify untapped ways to get more productivity from machine tools and drive Lean operations throughout their business. Many of the FAST solutions will be demonstrated at IMTS 2008 being held September 8 – 13, 2008 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

"The project and implementation teams have deep experience within all major industries and product types including embedded systems, PLC control systems, automation and production management software, and other applied solutions," said Gary Highley, FAST Manager for GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms. "It is this expertise that we have built upon to solve challenges from increasing operator efficiency to correcting mistakes on the shop floor as soon as they happen."

FAST solutions include:

Tool ID Systems: Tool ID Systems can be integrated into manufacturing operations not only to increase the efficiency of operators, but also supply chain. They can be used to reduce defects due to incorrect tooling or tool setting, reduce time waiting for setup activities, and drive Lean requirements through supply chain inventory and transaction processing. Tool ID Systems integration can include automatic reading of tool offsets, error proofing operations, and implementing true Lean pull systems with automatic replenishment signaling.


FANUC Robot Interface: FANUC loader robots can be integrated to CNC machines to reliably and efficiently automate key processes. Complete ladder programming and I/O interfacing are performed to match process requirements.


Closed Loop Machining: This innovative solution allows users to catch and correct machining errors before a part is passed on to the next station or operation. With closed loop machining, users can gauge a part on the machine, update offsets, and remachine if necessary to avoid passing on mistakes that are typically not detected until the end of the manufacturing cycle.




Live Machine Monitoring:

Rotary Table Interfaces:

Data Encryption:

Bar Code Reader Interfaces:

Vision System Integration:

Custom M-Codes:

Adaptive Control:

• Communications interfaces:

Part Program Management:

Machine Tool Probing Solutions:

Pallet ID Systems:

Custom Interface Screens: to input or display the information pertinent to your specific process and operation and reduce setup steps and operator intervention.


External Sensor Integration and Data Exchange:

Active Tooling Interfaces:

"GE Fanuc can be the comprehensive source for maximizing the effectiveness of your production enterprise," concluded Highley. "with solutions ranging from CNCs and PLC-based automation hardware systems, to automation and production management software solutions, to world-class embedded systems."

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About GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms

GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms, a joint venture between General Electric (NYSE: GE) and FANUC LTD of Japan, is a high-performance technology company and a global provider of hardware, software, services, expertise and experience in automation and embedded computing, with products employed in virtually every industry, including manufacturing automation, defense, automotive, telecommunications, healthcare and aerospace. 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. The business has 17,000 problem-solving employees in more than 60 countries around the world.


Elli Holman, GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms