At GE, we are focused on developing technologies that enable smarter and more efficient use of natural resources while creating value for our customers. We started more than 10 years ago, when GE launched Ecomagination, with the goal of improving operating efficiency and reducing the environmental impact of our operations, products and services.
Today, the world is entering a new era of productivity across business and industrial operations as a result of the emergence of new digital technologies. Digital solutions, enabled by the Industrial Internet, can now increase output, use natural resources more efficiently and lower environmental impact—we call this Digital Resource Productivity. Digital Resource Productivity is critical in today’s competitive and volatile global landscape because industrial organizations need to find opportunities for growth, differentiation and cost savings wherever possible. At the same time, environmental challenges threaten businesses and create new risks.
One example of Digital Resource Productivity in action is GE’s new Digital Power Plant and Operations Optimization solution. Operations Optimization is designed to help power generators tackle operational issues, meet business demand, align people and systems and reach “true” plant capacity while still reducing cost and downtime. Operators have new insights to act towards optimal operational excellence in compliance with standard regulations and emissions goals—achieving up to 3% improved fuel efficiency.
Advanced manufacturing offers many opportunities to improve resource productivity. GE has launched GE Additive, a new business unit committed to leading the additive industry through world-class machines, materials and services. One of the first additively manufactured jet engine components is a nozzle produced by GE Aviation and Snecma for the LEAP engine, which combines 20 parts into one.
Another example of the revolutionary impact of additive manufacturing is GE Aviation’s Advanced Turboprop (ATP). GE engineers were able to reduce 855 subtractive manufactured parts to 12 uniquely complex additive manufactured parts. The additive components reduce the ATP’s weight by 5% while contributing a 1% improvement in specific fuel consumption.
At GE, we’re passionate about the transformative power of advanced manufacturing. As leading user and innovator on additive manufacturing machines, materials and services, GE recognizes the value and potential it brings to improving resource productivity in industries ranging from aerospace and power generation to medical and electronics.
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