Mark Fondl


Mark Fondl has over 40 years of experience in the field of Industrial Automation and Advanced Technologies, with the last 20 years focused on Ethernet and Internet technologies in manufacturing. Mark has created ICT Global to leverage not only his experience but the experience of many others that have worked with Mark over the Years. His experience can be divided into two periods as listed below:

First 20 Years
Starting his career in 1977 as a Sales Engineer, he moved from traditional analog instrumentation to becoming involved with the Programmable Controller in 1979. In 1984 Mark moved from Sales to Product Development for PLCs at Modicon. A few years later, with the advent of Open Systems Mark joined Analogic’s Industrial Division where he defined VME and High-Speed Computer I/O Products for Industrial Applications.

Texas Instruments provided even more technology challenges as Mark managed the Manufacturing Automation Systems business of TI. This role included solutions such as Artificial Intelligence, Vision Systems, Robotics, Laser Inspection & Writing equipment. These technologies which were initially developed for in-house use and were now being targeted to other Manufacturing companies. Major clients included McDonnel Douglas, Grumman Space Systems, IBM, Corning, and Ford. Texas Instruments Automation business was acquired by Siemens in 1991.

Last 20 Years
In 1996, he became Vice President of Product Development for Groupe Schneider's Automation group, where he was now responsible for 5 PLC Lines (Modicon, Square D, Telemecanique, April, and AEG) with R&D in three countries. Under Mark's leadership and vision, the "Transparent Factory" was introduced in 1997. As part of this innovation, Ethernet was used in all PLC lines along with embedded web servers.

Mark served on the Board of Directors for Foundation Fieldbus between 1996 and 1999 representing Schneider Electric. During this time, High-Speed Ethernet was adopted as Foundation Fieldbus-HSE.

Mark founded Network Vision in 2001, where he developed the IntraVUE software. This was the first graphically based Ethernet Diagnostic Software that was targeted for use by plant floor resources. IntraVUE was adopted by many Fortune 500 companies. In 2015, Network Vision was acquired by Panduit.

Today, Mark continues to help global leaders pioneer solutions to meet today's greatest technological challenges — and tomorrow's, too.

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SmithsonianComputerworld Smithsonian Award - Nominated SAP: Transparent Factory Initiative, Received March 1999