Software offers project management/data access features.

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Built on iFIX HMI/SCADA technology platform, iFIX v3.5 helps users develop, manage, and alternate between multiple HMI/SCADA applications and projects from one development station. Software comes with Application Validator Utility that automatically documents any changes made to system files or utilities and alerts user to changes. Software also offers Startup Profile Manager and ability to share data between SCADA and other plant floor applications.

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GE Fanuc Releases iFIX® 3.5 HMI/SCADA Software for Efficient Manufacturing

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - October 2, 2003 - Building upon the success of the award-winning iFIX HMI/SCADA technology platform, GE Fanuc Automation Americas, Inc., an affiliate of GE Industrial Systems, today announced the release of iFIX 3.5 software for manufacturers with powerful new project management, data accessibility and security features. Through this new functionality, manufacturers can reduce development time, improve enterprise connectivity and gain greater overall control of their production processes.

"As plant floor systems become increasingly pervasive, there has been a greater focus on streamlining HMI/SCADA application development, enhancing application management and security capabilities, and increasing access to information... especially from thin clients, mobile devices and the Web," said Roy Kok, Director of HMI/SCADA Solutions for GE Fanuc Automation. "With iFIX 3.5, we're enabling systems integrators and end-users alike to take their capabilities one step further in each of these areas."

Superior project management
With companies implementing multiple automation solutions in each plant environment (e.g. one HMI/SCADA application controls the production line, another controls plant utilities, a third manages information flow to higher level business systems, etc.), today's intricate manufacturing operations often require users to manage numerous and vastly different applications. With iFIX 3.5, users can develop, manage and alternate between multiple HMI/SCADA applications and projects from a single development station. As a result, corporations and system integrators can greatly increase the agility, productivity and effectiveness of their development personnel

Outstanding application security
Installing an application - and ensuring that application will remain intact over time - is critical to troubleshooting, support and security activities. To ensure application integrity, iFIX 3.5 comes complete with an Application Validator Utility - a software tool designed to automatically document any changes made to your system files or utilities (iFIX or otherwise) and alert you whenever a change is made. This reduces the likelihood that installations can inadvertently or intentionally be compromised and enhances the safety, security and integrity of your production processes.

Robust connectivity & web extensibility
Improving the ability to share plant-floor information throughout the enterprise, iFIX 3.5's powerful graphic capabilities and enhanced performance make it an ideal solution for use with Microsoft Terminal Services or CITRIX enterprise access services. iFIX 3.5 features a new Startup Profile Manager for both user and application management, further simplifying the maintenance and administration of remote users. With the Profile Manager, authorized users and system administrators can even associate specific system functionality - as well as add, delete and maintain users - all via a simple, easy-to-use interface.

Sharing data between SCADA and other plant floor applications is also made easier using the iFIX Integration Toolkit. The toolkit delivers iFIX Database access and development, as well as historical data access, and it now includes a .NET adapter to integrate completely with Visual Studio .NET. As a result, iFIX now offers a significant advantage to developers, System Integrators and OEMs who wish to leverage the latest technologies available from Microsoft.

An industry favorite
GE Fanuc's advanced HMI/SCADA technology plays a critical role in literally thousands of applications worldwide and is a perennial favorite in the SCADA category of Control Magazine's Reader's Choice Awards, most recently receiving the coveted #1 ranking.

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About GE Fanuc Automation
GE Fanuc Automation Americas, Inc., is a leading global supplier of automation solutions and is a joint venture between GE and FANUC LTD of Japan. GE Fanuc products and services include collaborative production management, HMI/SCADA and plant intelligence software, nano to high-end controllers, embedded systems, a wide range of CNCs, motion control, operator interfaces, industrial computers, lasers, and a wide range of integration and customer support services. Headquartered in Charlottesville, Va., GE Fanuc is part of GE Industrial Systems. For more information, visit

About GE Industrial Systems
GE Industrial Systems, a division of the General Electric Company (NYSE: GE), spans the globe as an industry leader in integrated industrial, electrical and security equipment, systems and services. The business brings to customers the latest technologies that are used to distribute, protect and control energy and equipment, and to provide premise management. GE provides innovative product and service solutions for commercial, industrial, residential and utility customers. For more information visit the website at:

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