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Emerson buys Italy’s Progea to boost its software portfolio

01 October, 2020

Emerson has bought the Italian industrial software developer, the Progea Group, for an undisclosed sum. Progea supplies IIoT (industrial internet of things), plant analytics, HMI (human machine interface) and Scada (supervisory control and data acquisition) software.

Founded in 1991, the Progea Group is headquartered in Modena, Italy, and has around 55 employees. It claims to be the only Italian company to be offering automation software to the global market. Its portfolio includes the Movicon.Next Scada/HMI/MES platform, the Pro.Lean MES software and the Connect OPC UA product.

Emerson plans to add Progea’s capabilities in analytics, industrial visualisation and IIoT to its own embedded software and control portfolio for use in manufacturing, infrastructure and building automation applications, allowing users to obtain their machine and plant control systems from a single supplier. It says the acquisition will help to bridge a “critical” technology gap by lowering total costs of ownership, and reducing the barriers that come from working with multiple suppliers.

Emerson will add Progea's industrial automation software to its own embedded and controls portfolio.

“The acquisition of Progea strengthens our ability to provide customers with an integrated package of control, visualisation and IoT to help our customers improve overall equipment efficiency and accelerate their digital transformation journey,” says Lal Karsanbhai, executive president of Emerson’s Automation Solutions business. “Progea’s capability and expertise in machine and plant-level visualisation and analytics provide customers with a flexible, scalable solution for their PLC applications in discrete and hybrid markets.”

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