GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms’ Proficy® Maintenance Gateway 2.0 Release Improves Real-Time Operations Between Production and Maintenance Teams

Latest Operations Management software release reaffirms business’ commitment to asset maintenance collaboration as a strategic capability in Proficy software suite


Charlottesville, VA, September 15, 2009    GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms, a unit of GE Enterprise Solutions, today announced the availability of Proficy® Maintenance Gateway 2.0 to help customers avoid costly equipment failures and reduce asset maintenance costs. The software enhances the company’s Proficy software suite – a platform for driving reliable, profitable operations in a plant and across the enterprise – by ensuring that maintenance operations are integrated into each company’s journey toward operational excellence. The product can scale up from a simple condition monitoring system to a sophisticated orchestration to help maximize asset utilization and reliability.
“The timeliness of this product release in light of today’s global economic climate is important,” said Sheila Kester, Business General Manager, GE Fanuc Operations Management Software. “By keeping the Production and Maintenance departments ‘in-synch,’ an organization eliminates the costly delays in responding to the plant’s evolving operational dynamics. Furthermore, the continuity and accuracy in the information flow between production and maintenance teams allows the organization to take proactive steps to eliminate hidden costs before they’re incurred.”
The new release extends the proven capabilities of Proficy Maintenance Gateway by providing a new automatic measurement point update module, enhanced write-back functions from the enterprise to the plant systems, and new adaptors to Enterprise Asset Maintenance (EAM) applications, such as SAP’s PM module and newer versions of MAXIMO®. The broad range of connectivity options, ease-of-use by plant personnel, and ability to incrementally scale from small to large installations make the solution desirable to companies in many asset-intensive industries – from utilities to facilities management companies to the full spectrum of process industries and discrete manufacturers.
“Proficy Maintenance Gateway acts as an integration engine of the Production and Maintenance processes of an enterprise, continuously driving business-critical efficiencies in both departments in real-time,” said Coleman Easterly, Product General Manager, GE Fanuc Operations Management Software. “This is achieved by leveraging and extracting more from the core capabilities of our Proficy Plant Applications family while doing the same with the EAM systems in an organization.”
Proficy Maintenance Gateway tracks and helps reduce the Mean-Time-To-Repair in “corrective maintenance” cases while working continuously to monitor usage of equipment and automatically ordering “preventive maintenance” orders for improved performance. The product is designed for maintenance and/or production personnel – there is no code to write and no need for IT overhead. Out-of-the-box EAM connectors accelerate deployments and reduce a customer’s time-to-value to days rather than weeks or months. And, the enhanced rules engine offers more flexibility for time-based meters and status updates of Work Orders to the control system.
Proficy Maintenance Gateway empowers companies to:
  • Reduce equipment failure rates and unplanned downtime
  •  Improve first-pass quality and reduce waste
  •  Reduce turnaround time for repairs and planned maintenance costs
  •  Improve reliability and uncover additional capacity
  • \Track and manage reliability plans with rules and aggregators, including total uptimes or availability of individual equipment over a period of time
  • Implement Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) strategies with increased analysis and refinement of RCM rules
“Proficy Maintenance Gateway enables an organization’s existing asset management system to drive the right set of maintenance strategies for their equipment in a timely manner,” continued Easterly. “It takes into consideration the current, real-time dynamics of the plant equipment and production, rather than being solely based on a set of pre-planned conditions and assumptions. This real-time synchronization between production and maintenance can dramatically reduce unplanned and hidden costs in the short term, while continuously driving improvement in plant reliability in the long run”.
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. The business has 17,000 problem-solving employees in more than 60 countries around the world.
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