Intel is one of the world s biggest technology companies, with semiconductor manufacturing facilities all over the globe.

Those plants have to maintain rigorously controlled environments where every surface must be clean, every process must be perfect and even the smallest improvements can make a large impact.Intel works hard to ensure that these facilities are constantly pushing the technological edge.

So when Intel wanted to partner with a cloud service provider to develop industry-leading solutions, they chose to bring GE and its analytical software running on Predix, the cloud-based operating system for the Industrial Internet, to their Ocotillo Fab / Sort Manufacturing plant in Arizona.On Tuesday, GE CEO Jeff Immelt and Intel CEO Brian Krzanich spoke at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco about the partnership and the future of the Industrial Internet.

"GE and Intel are working together on a number of initiatives — including making manufacturing facilities more smart and connected," said Intel s Krzanich.Before approaching outside customers, Intel first wanted to be a Predix customer itself.

The multi-million dollar deal to move parts of the Ocotillo semiconductor plant onto Predix is just the first step.

The two companies also plan to sell a joint offering to other manufacturers that want to optimize their operations.Once the system is in place, Ocotillo will be using products from across the GE Digital portfolio, says Abhi Kunte, GE Digital s global head of technology strategic alliances.

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