GE and PTC partner to pursue Brilliant Factory opportunity

GE and PTC have announced that the two companies are partnering to deliver a manufacturing solution that will be available within GE’s Brilliant Manufacturing Suite. This manufacturing solution leverages the capabilities of PTC’s ThingWorx Industrial Internet of Things application enablement environment. The result is said to feature flexible dashboards and powerful data analytics integrated with GE’s software capabilities on the manufacturing plant floor.

The joint solution connects disparate systems, from the shop floor to the ERP, and offers a dashboard and differentiated user experience with consumer-like drag-and-drop capabilities tailored to each user’s role.

“The Brilliant Factory integrates engineering and manufacturing design, leverages data to run our factories much more productively, and optimises the entire supply chain,” said Jamie Miller, GE CIO. “This solution gives us the ability to see that data clearly and easily in a format that makes critical decisions possible, so we can increase machine uptime and predict maintenance before it is needed.”

Leveraging PTC’s ThingWorx technology as part of GE’s Brilliant Manufacturing Suite provides robust manufacturing optimisation capabilities coupled with role-based manufacturing dashboards with real-time manufacturing KPIs, standardised KPI models for all plants, connecting to heterogeneous system landscapes and collaboration, alerts, notifications and access to actionable data to make more informed decisions.

GE and PTC will also work together to certify ThingWorx for the Predix ecosystem.

Jim Heppelmann, president and CEO of PTC, said: “We look forward to collaborating with GE to deliver the promise of the Internet of Things to manufacturers around the globe.”