From GE’s 2016 Annual Report by Vic Abate, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
GE Global Research is at the heart of the GE Store. It’s our role to identify, invent, and develop technologies that create better GE businesses and ultimately redefine the technical benchmarks of our industries. I call it Technology+ … the powerful combination of technical expertise and strategic business thinking. This intersection is where the breakthroughs at GE happen.
GE Global Research was the first industrial research institution in the U.S. and is the only one that remains today. Today, we are stronger than ever. With the best minds on the planet inventing strategic, breakthrough, scalable technologies that span across industries.
Here, we hold ourselves accountable for not only developing cutting edge technologies but for their successful adoption into the products and services that make our business units the world’s most competitive. GE’s industry leading H-turbine, CFM LEAP engine, Revolution CT, and grid-parity renewable energy portfolio are examples of how we measure our success. Connecting fundamental physics to industry-leading outcomes is a unique capability of the GE Store.
As we drive GE’s Digital Industrial transformation at an unprecedented pace, Global Research is the cornerstone of our success. Here, we invented the Digital Twin, a virtual model of a part, product, fleet, or process.
This digital technology breakthrough is the engine of Predix – the operating system of the Industrial Internet – and has spurred a revolution as a core technology in the GE Store. Last year alone we created more than 670,000 Digital Twins across GE, driving increased revenue for customers and increased productivity for GE.
Our Edge Controls team is also delivering incredible value across the GE Store. Last year we launched the first out-of-the-box IoT system, Predix Edge. With built-in security from Edge to Cloud, we can reliably and securely connect thousands of our customers’ machines at scale to GE’s Predix platform. Our unique research expertise across the physical and digital worlds is driving the next wave in productivity across the GE Store.
Imagine yourself surrounded by GE’s world-renowned scientists, our industry CEOs, engineering powerhouses, and strategic product and marketing leaders. Everyone in the room is passionately debating how we invest in and deploy breakthrough technologies like additive manufacturing, ceramic matrix composites, Digital Twins, and robotics across our GE product lines to expand margins and drive differentiation. All of us contribute to and lean into this technical insight to disrupt, transform, and win.
This is what excites us, and this is what we do every day at GE Global Research. Welcome to the GE Store.