Kepware, GE Fanuc integrate products, software
A joint development team from Kepware Technologies and GE Fanuc worked to integrate KEPServerEX and drivers into GE Fanuc's Proficy Machine Edition View software.
GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms, a unit of GE Enterprise Solutions, announced that its QuickPanel View products have been enhanced to allow greater integrated communications with a vast array of products through collaboration with Kepware Technologies' KEPServerEX.
A joint development team from Kepware Technologies and GE Fanuc worked to integrate KEPServerEX and drivers into GE Fanuc's Proficy Machine Edition View software. This integration means that users can add drivers, devices and tags just as they did before. Tag Variables are created once and once only. Integration provides consistency in configuration from driver to driver and access to in-depth diagnostics for troubleshooting. QuickPanel View drivers are included in the Machine Edition View Development package.
"By using Kepware Technologies' software, we added 39 new third-party protocols to the QuickPanel View platform and will add 97 protocols for View Runtime on the PC platform," said Paul Daugherty, operator interface product manager for GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms. "We can now easily connect the benefits of our QuickPanels to virtually any device in the world. This helps manufacturing run better."
"GE Fanuc is a leading vendor in the HMI/SCADA and HMI Panel marketplaces and we are excited to have been selected as a supplier of communications technology," said Roy Kok, vice president of marketing and sales for Kepware Technologies, located in Portland, ME. "GE Fanuc has always been a supplier of open technology, and this relationship will significantly enhance their ability to serve customers with third-party controller solutions."
"Because our system is open and connected, users can configure it to act as the bridge between the enterprise and the plant floor providing useful data in managing the business,” Daugherty said. “As information needs grow, the hardware easily grows as well with the ability to connect to any device with more than 100 built-in drivers and a wide range of communications options. We are very excited about the possibilities for our customers."
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