Transforming GE Appliances With Digital 3D Measurement Data
Manufacturing engineers at GEA are making better data-driven decisions with fast and easy access to CAD and 3D measurement data
GE Appliances, a Haier company, has been making heating and cooking products since 1907. Based in the 750-acre Appliance Park in Louisville, Kentucky, the company employs more than 8,000 people. Product innovations include the first self-cleaning oven and over-the-range microwave. Pioneering the first suite of Wi-Fi-connected appliances and products that interact with Google Home and Amazon Echo, it won Smart Appliance Company of the Year at the Internet of Things Breakthrough Awards three years running.
With multiple product lines and hundreds of parts per product, appliance manufacturing can be an incredibly complex undertaking. Tasked with determining the best way to achieve next-level quality and productivity and assure the company’s future, GE Appliances leadership realized that using the same software to interface with different measuring devices, aggregating the 3D metrology data, and efficiently putting that data in the hands of engineers who need it, was key.
Breaking down barriers and silos and interconnecting everyone who can benefit from digital 3D measurement data is the promise of PolyWorks|DataLoop™. This scalable data-management solution can handle vast amounts of data produced by multiple measuring sources (CMMs, laser scanning, etc.) and make it available to engineers and decision-makers across your organization. Teams can measure parts, review results, troubleshoot issues, and proactively adjust manufacturing processes simultaneously, a force multiplier in productivity and product quality.
“All the 3D data in the world is not that valuable if engineers can't get their hands on it.”
Dave Leone, senior director, Engineering and Dimensional Control.