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annuity—a gift that keeps on giving. We want to be involved in this very big deal.” “At the Dauch Center for the Management of Manufactur-


ing Enterprises at Purdue, we are building a facility to under- stand uses of smart manufacturing tools to enhance produc- tivity through specific application contexts,” he added. “We will be exploring use of AR, sensors, assistive robots, 3d print- ers and video analytics to enhance producivity in assembly, order picking, repair contexts. The digital twin of our physical space will enhance student learning of evolving manufactur- ing environments. We hope to convince our students that manufacturing offers the opportunity for exciting use of tech- nology to conttribute to national competitiveness.”


‘We can rejuvenate old ... machines’ In Italy, GE Power used Predix and a suite of applications to bring back online a gas-turbine-powered electricity-generation plant the A2A Group mothballed in 2014 in the face of renew- able energy growth—when the plant was unable to compete in the ancillary services market at the level of efficiency it was achieving at the time, Bell said in his conference talk.


GE asked A2A, already a customer for years, to look


at a couple of years’ worth of operational data from the plant, which is situated in Chivasso. And even though the ancillary services market is reporting historical levels of efficiency, GE data scientists found that they could make Chivasso competitive by adjusting ramp rate and heat rates and helping the plant run at lower load levels during times when generation would be less profitable, GE said. The data scientists employed the physics-based “digital


twin” to devise the load-ramping improvement, which is 2.5 times the normal rate and does not impact asset life, the company said. GE thinks of Predix as an application, “and part of that


application is having a digital twin,” Bell said, noting that the lookalike concept combines the theoretical design of the machine with actual operating conditions. Today, Chivasso is competitive in ancillary services market,


Bell said to a packed room of conference attendees in Berlin. “This is what we can do with software: We can rejuve- nate old environments and machines.”


Redefi ne your design


Explore the potential of additive manufacturing


Renishaw’s additive manufacturing systems use powder bed fusion technology to produce fully dense complex metal parts direct from 3D CAD.


Also known as 3D printing, this technology is not constrained by traditional manufacturing design rules. Create complex geometries such as conformal cooling channels for tooling


inserts, reduce component weight by only placing material where it is needed, and consolidate multiple parts in one assembly. Additive manufacturing is also complementary to conventional machining technologies, and directly contributes to reduced lead times, tooling costs and material waste.


 No requirement for tooling.


 Increased design freedom—complex geometries and hidden features.


 Rapid design iterations right up to manufacture.


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