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Industrial Internet Offers Opportunities

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Bryan Dods, a pioneer for the smart manufacturing movement, helped establish GE as a leader in the smart manufacturing revolution with its “brilliant factory” concept. He is the chief consulting engineer for manufacturing at the GE Greenville Gas Turbine manufacturing facility, which is a model for the brilliant factory transformation. 

Dods joined IMTSTV at the [MC]2 Conference to discuss GE’s efforts to transition to a digital industrial company, as well as the many opportunities presented by the Industrial Internet. GE is focused on becoming a leader in the digital industrial revolution. They are dedicated to enhancing the level of interface between the engineering and manufacturing aspects of industry.

As part of this effort, the company is opening an advanced manufacturing work center in Greenville, South Carolina. This unique facility will serve as a physical representation of GE’s brilliant factories. The facility will allow developers to go from prototype to low-rate initial production. It will also provide a forum for testing methodologies of advanced manufacturing. The facility will be utilized by GE, as well as its many technology partners.

Beyond his work on advancing and capitalizing on the Industrial Internet, Dods is also dedicated to helping with efforts to recruit and train the next generation of manufacturing leaders. He explained that despite ongoing efforts to promote careers in manufacturing, more needs to be done to attract young talented engineers, mathematicians and computer scientists to the industry.

For more information about the Industrial Internet and other developments in the world of smart manufacturing, visit mc2conference.com.


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