PROFINET Helps GE Make Appliance Manufacturing Leaner
Moving at the speed demanded in today’s business environment, where stiff competition means new products must be made and introduced faster than ever before, requires technologies that simplify production start-ups. For GE Appliances, those technologies include the Profinet industrial Ethernet network.
Profinet provides the backbone for a new lean manufacturing system that is producing GE’s latest home laundry appliance, a high-efficiency (HE) top-loading washer. By dramatically reducing the time and cost to install new production lines at GE’s 900-acre Appliance Park in Louisville, KY, the Profinet network helped GE bring its innovative washer to market in time for the 2012 holiday buying season…