GS PlantOptics, formerly Wonderware Midwest, is an operating affiliate of GS Systems, Inc., and has been a leading supplier of industrial software in the region since 1985.
As the Midwest’s exclusive distributor of AVEVA software solutions, GS PlantOptics empowers you with an ever-expanding spectrum of applications. We remain committed to helping organizations build and leverage their industrial data foundation to achieve operational excellence, agility, and sustainability through five core competencies:
GS PlantOptics has earned a reputation as a customer-first, value-driven automation partner. Today, we serve customers throughout the upper Midwest, including Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
~ John Gardner, President, GS PlantOptics
We’ve updated our name to better align with the full scale of industrial software offerings available from AVEVA. Watch this quick video to learn how we continue to help organizations leverage industrial data throughout their operations as GS PlantOptics.
Our story begins in 1985 as GS Electronic Systems Corp.
At the time, we were one of a small set of founding IBM plant floor business partners, with data collection systems interfaced to large IBM mainframes. The first IBM industrial product was the 5531 Industrial Computer with an optional 5 MB hard drive!
Microsoft introduces the first commercial version of Windows 3.0, a viable competitor to the Apple Macintosh.
Wonderware releases a major disruption to the industrial market with the first man-machine interface (now human-machine interface or HMI) built on the Microsoft Windows operating system: InTouch.
GS Systems is named a founding channel partner for Wonderware Software on June 15, 1990.
Wonderware quickly becomes one of the fastest-growing software companies in the early 1990s, leveraging a radical advertising approach and even publishing its own trade magazine: Hotlinks.
In 1997, they introduce FactorySuite, a single-box industrial software suite including InTouch, InSQL Historian, and InBatch.
Wonderware Software is purchased by Siebe (later to become Invensys Operations Management).
Wonderware introduces System Platform, a context-based, data collection and plant information system that revolutionizes plant floor data management.
GS Systems continues to grow alongside Wonderware and we are provided the opportunity (along with other top global channel partners) to operate as a Wonderware regional distributor. GS Systems begins doing business as Wonderware Midwest.
Invensys, the parent company of Wonderware, is purchased by Schneider Electric of France.
Schneider Electric merges their software assets into AVEVA, a publicly traded UK-based software company, and Wonderware becomes a brand under AVEVA’s portfolio.
Wonderware Midwest is recognized as an authorized AVEVA Select channel partner, the premier partner designation.
AVEVA acquires OSIsoft and introduces the AVEVA PI System, accelerating digital transformation with advanced data management.
Wonderware Midwest begins operating as GS PlantOptics to reflect our premier partnership status with AVEVA and our refined focus on industrial data management for improved productivity and operational agility.