Staying Competitive: GE’s Advanced Manufacturing Software Solutions Drive Lower Costs, Faster Production and Tighter Control

  Staying Competitive: GE’s Advanced Manufacturing Software Solutions Drive
  Lower Costs, Faster Production and Tighter Control on Quality

  *GE Manufacturing operations around the world have deployed software
    solutions with world-class results: 70% faster order-to-delivery, 15%
    reduced WIP, 12% less rework, 24% reduced warranty costs
  *Eliminating paper-based systems through digitization reduces costs and
    enables faster production with reduced cycle and lead times
  *More visibility into manufacturing operations reduces Work in Process and
    streamlines the supply chain

Business Wire

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- December 12, 2012

GE Intelligent Platforms (NYSE: GE) today announced that it is building on the
expertise of GE as a world-class manufacturer to introduce advanced
manufacturing software solutions that drive lower costs, faster production and
tighter control on quality. Deployed at GE manufacturing plants around the
world, these solutions are continuously honed to keep GE and other
manufacturers competitive in their markets.

The software solutions, called Proficy for Manufacturing, address key
challenges faced by companies across a diverse range of manufacturing
businesses. The first in the family is aimed at long cycle, engineer- or
build-to-order (ETO or BTO) complex manufacturing operations. For companies in
aerospace, defense, heavy equipment, energy or other complex discrete
manufacturing industries, paper-based processes to manage plant floor
production are still the norm. The need for comprehensive visibility into
production performance has become increasingly important to stay competitive.
Elimination of the paper-based processes through digitization provides fast,
reliable and accurate information manufacturing businesses need to effectively
manage their operations and work toward optimizing their supply chains.

“Manufacturers and their suppliers face multiple industry challenges today,”
said Jim Walsh, Software General Manager for GE Intelligent Platforms. “These
include agile product development, price pressures, customization to meet
consumer demand, quality, and, of course, cost.”

GE companies deploying pieces of the solutions have already realized
significant benefits such as: 70% faster order-to-delivery, 15% reduced WIP,
12% less rework and 24% reduced warranty costs.

A key aspect of Proficy for Manufacturing includes the ability to reduce costs
through MES digitization of existing paper processes. Manufacturers can then
leverage the benefits of digitized processes such as reducing waste,
increasing flexibility and decreasing lead times. Digitization makes it
possible to capitalize on the value of fast, reliable and accurate information
to maximize production performance, save time and money while still providing
a consistent high quality product.

The main points of digitizing for many complex manufacturers are:

  *Produce products faster to enable single piece flow manufacturing, improve
    throughput, reduce lead times and balance workloads;
  *Reduce Work In Process to enable “Just In Time” material delivery, free up
    floor space, and reduce the cost of inventory;
  *Gain tighter control on quality that will serve to standardize proven
    processes, eliminate process waste, reduce rework and meet regulations in
    a more efficient way.

“The key thing we’re striving to do is drive for standard, repeatable tasks
throughout the process,” said Jeannine Abele, CIO – Supply Chain Division of
GE Aviation. “We want to make it easy for our employees to execute the work
that they need to complete. In addition, we need to put auditability and
traceability in place so we have a verifiable record of what’s been done to
every part, to every engine, throughout the whole lifecycle of the
manufacturing process.”

GE Aviation is one of the first companies to pilot Proficy for Manufacturing
at its plant in Middle River, Maryland. Other companies working with
Intelligent Platforms include GE Power & Water in Belfort, France; GE Energy
Storage in Schenectady, New York; GE Transportation in Las Vegas, Nevada and
Kansas City, Missouri; GE Lighting in Hendersonville, North Carolina; GE Power
Conversion in Campinas, Brazil; and GE Appliances in Louisville, Kentucky.

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