The industrial macrocosm is undergoing a rapid digital transformation lead by technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI). These technologies are also driving the ongoing Industrial Revolution. These technologies are being used widely in sectors ranging from Aerospace to Healthcare.
The Industrial Internet of Things especially is making a mark in the manufacturing sector because of its ability to automate processes and connect and control devices. A pocket of the Revolution in the United States of America is stirring at General Electric (GE). We have integrated industrial Internet into our process at a locomotive remanufacturing facility in Grove City, Pennsylvania; paving the way for smart manufacturing.
This has been possible due to our futuristic unit, GE Digital, which develops specialised software and technology to run and integrate IoT with factory machinery. The Internet of Things is an interconnected network of electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and Internet that communicates with other objects and enables exchange of data with and physical control of those objects.
GE Digital IoT solutions, such as software platforms, which are being used at our remanufacturing facility, help repair around 1,200 freight locomotives every year. We use an array of software, devices, and sensors to understand the engine’s performance, the cause of failure, and the extent of repair it will need.
The software platforms collect data on all parameters, analyses it, and displays it on dashboards on the plant floor. Site technicians use the facility’s IoT to operate heavy machinery and control and monitor the remanufacturing process. Around 96 stations in the facility report out in real-time since the digital transformation, and the data can be accessed by technicians from any section of the plant floor within seconds.
The Internet of Things technology has several positive impacts on business besides paving the way for smart manufacturing – it makes the industrial workflow fast and centralised, enhances safety of employees, reduces downtime, minimises wastage, and helps protect the environment. For example, our locomotive remanufacturing facility has gone paper-free within just five years of the digital transformation.
Through the Internet of Things, GE Digital has joined the world in its efforts to create highly connected industries and a smart Society.
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