Read the rest of the article at: http://www.goerie.com/business/20170402 ... gine-plant" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;GoErie.com wrote:The company calls it a Brilliant Factory, part of an initiative that combines an intensely technology-based approach with lean and advanced manufacturing to boost productivity and, according to GE, “(reimagines) the way we design, manufacture and service.”
The publication Automation World explained it this way: “The idea behind the Brilliant Factory is to link design, engineering, manufacturing, supply chain, distribution and services into one intelligent system.”
Out of 500 GE plants around the world, just seven have earned GE’s designation of Brilliant, including a plant that builds a variety of parts in India and another in Japan that makes medical scanners.
Another of those plants is 70 miles from Erie in Grove City, where about 400 people work in a plant, opened in 2011, that rebuilds old locomotive engines, most of them pulled from locomotives built over the years in Erie.
The plant, located just a couple miles from another GE Transportation factory that builds new engines, would traditionally have had a single plan for rebuilding an engine and would apply that same replace-everything-that-moves approach when a used-up engine arrived on the back of a truck.
But that approach ignored an important reality, said plant manager Jeff Smith: Many of those parts didn’t need to be replaced.
Under the company’s new approach, enabled by hundreds of sensors deployed on each locomotive, engineers in Grove City know precisely what’s wrong with an engine, what needs replaced and what parts can safely be reused in a move that saves customers both time and money.
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