The Organisations in industrial sector across the world have been looking to employ a transformative digital solution to enhance product efficiency, operational reliability, and supply chain functioning. Currently, it is that time in the industrial clock when the pressure is high, margins are lean and every company is yearning for a competitive edge over its competitors. Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is a solution that promises to solve issues that were previously deemed as “unsolvable” in vital departments such as production, processing and supply chain.
IIoT also referred to as Industrial Internet by our team of experts at General Electric(GE), has already transformed the ways in which manufacturing enterprises are converting raw materials into finished and semi-finished goods. We have developed software, coined as “GE Digital Software,” which enables IIot and further helps organisations in the manufacturing sector to manage and exchange data, and trigger events in a digitalized environment. The example of a freight locomotive’s manufacturing and repairing cycle further helps in analysing the impact of our software in different processing changes.
26,000 freight locomotives operate in the whole of United States. An individual freight locomotive usually operates effectively without needing repairs for ten long years. When it does need repairs, it is sent to the Grove City Remanufacturing Facility. Spread across an area of 240,000 Square Feet, this unit is the official workplace for 350 individuals. Here, over 1200 engines are successfully rebuilt each calendar year. The sensors integrated in the facility thoroughly explain the engine performance and clearly state the kind of repairs it will need to operate at full capacity once again. The engines that are sent to this manufacturing facility are dilapidated. Within ten days, these engines are rebuilt and revamped before being sent back.
It was back in 2013, when this process was digitized. As part of this integration, all the metal parts are now serialised and heavy tools have, in fact, become safer to operate. This prompt digitized system allows 96 different stations to report out in real-time. Across the facility, anyone can see the up-to-date status of operations from anywhere in one second. The supervisors and production heads can monitor the run time of various jobs at the same time information regarding the employees on shifts is also displayed. By incorporating the GE Digital Software in the manufacturing processes, this site has gone paperless. The data that took five days to consolidate is now real-time. The unplanned downtime has reduced by 20% as well. Transform your industry through GE Digital.
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