President Obama today announced two new manufacturing innovation institutes. One is focused on digital manufacturing and design innovation that will be headquartered in Chicago, Illinois; the second is focused on lightweight and modern metals manufacturing that will be headquartered outside of Detroit, Michigan.
GE will be a key industry partner in both initiatives, providing its technology and manufacturing scale expertise across several industrial sectors to these institutes. A significant focus of work with the Institutes will involve GE Global Research, headquartered in Niskayuna, NY.
Mark Little, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of GE and head of GE’s Global Research Centers, stated, “GE is thrilled to support and be a part of both new manufacturing innovation institutes announced today by President Obama. Today and in the future, strength in manufacturing will come from being a part of a larger ecosystem of partners big and small working toward the same goals. It also will come from a strong commitment to materials and manufacturing innovation. That is exactly what these two institutes will help to cultivate and in the process, encourage the growth of America’s manufacturing base and jobs.”
Little continued, “Manufacturing is entering a 3rd Industrial Revolution that will be defined by a digital thread that connects every part of the supply chain. This digital thread will be our 21st century assembly line that not only transforms what we make, it will transform the manufacturing supply chain as we know it. It will invite a whole new community of small and medium-sized businesses, individual entrepreneurs and the Maker movement to be key partners in this new manufacturing ecosystem.”
“At GE, we’re developing a new concept we call ‘The Brilliant Factory,’ which is aligned with what the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute wants to make possible,” Little said. “Imagine a self-improving factory that can continuously improve products and processes in the plant. With a seamless digital thread that can gather, analyze and transmit data real-time to different parts of the supply chain, that day is coming.”
Check out the below video to hear thoughts from Christine Furstoss, Manufacturing & Materials Technology Director and Stephan Biller, Chief Manufacturing Scientist talking more about GE’s participation in these institutes. To learn more about how digital manufacturing will work in the future, check out this blog post and video by GE Scientist Joe Salvo.