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prioritized for maintenance during an outage or which sensors should be prioritized for retrofi t to existing equipment. Industrial software solutions can analyze and prioritize data to allow companies of all kinds to make better use of the sensors that they already have installed. These solu- tions can then prescribe what instrumentation will drive the most value in that environment if they could be added to the system. Moving forward, every new piece of equipment will have more instrumentation and data streaming off of it than the equipment it replaced.


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Data analytics are used extensively throughout GE factories producing a wide range of products including the large turbines used for power-generation applications.


ME: How is this type of predictive analytics employing


what’s been called the ‘machine whisperer’ in helping to improve plant performance? Stoecker: There are a lot of people with decades of expe- rience in machine maintenance, those that we sometimes refer to as ‘machine whisperers,’ who are leaving industry today and whose expertise is almost impossible to replace. These people knew what was wrong with a piece of equipment just by touch and feel. This talent is being replaced by data. Our goal is to offer the next-generation workforce a combination of people, processes, and technology built into software solutions that help them to make good decisions. Predictive analytics give plant engineers the right informa- tion at the right time. Early warning gives plant engineers the time to evaluate risk and create better maintenance schedules. This allows companies to also realize less downtime due to surprises and shorter outages that are better planned. Predic- tive analytics can allow for better management of spare parts and less waste due to unnecessary maintenance actions.


22 AdvancedManufacturing.org | June 2016


iemens PLM Software (Plano, TX) and Local Motors (Phoenix) announced the expansion of an existing part- nership April 25. Siemens’ PLM software now will be used by Local Motors to optimize the development and large-scale 3D printing of automobiles. The partnership combines the power of Siemens’ PLM software technology with Local Mo- tors’ capabilities in co-created and 3D-printed vehicles with direct digital manufacturing (DDM) processes. With a shared vision for the future of product develop- ment, Local Motors plans to enhance productivity in its Local Motors Labs program by leveraging Siemens’ expertise in creating “digital twins” while Siemens expects to further enhance its digital enterprise software suite to support the latest advances in additive manufacturing and 3D printing. Siemens PLM and Local Motors have been partners since 2011, the companies said. “Today’s announcement takes that partnership to the next level by enabling our community of co-creators to innovate even faster,” said Jay Rogers, CEO of Local Motors. “We developed the world’s fi rst co-created vehicle and 3D-printed car, and now our LM Labs program is providing the world’s makers with a way—both online and offl ine—to create new technologies to advance the future of transportation.” Open to anyone, LM Labs has employed Siemens’ Solid Edge 3D modeling software, and using the program’s synchronous technology, it is able to seamlessly import into Solid Edge non-native CAD models from design collabora- tors around the world, and then use Solid Edge to easily edit these models. The expanded partnership includes more use of Solid Edge while adding Siemens’ NX CAD/CAM software and the company’s Fibersim portfolio of software to all Local Motors facilities worldwide. Robotics manufacturer KUKA AG (Augsburg, Germany)


and Infosys Ltd. (Bengaluru, India), a provider of business consulting, information technology and outsourcing services, announced April 27 at Hannover Messe that the companies would collaborate in a partnership to jointly develop solutions to support manufacturers embracing Industry 4.0. The partnership’s goal is to develop a software platform that allows customers to collect, evaluate and use data for improving their own processes. KUKA will work to extend the connection of machines with the cloud by establishing an Industry 4.0 Cloud Platform. These software and services will be developed by a newly established subsidiary of KUKA,


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