GE launches Industrial Internet solutions, new KL centre
By Digital News Asia October 28, 2014
- New Predictivity solutions connect people, machines, and industrial big data
- Malaysian ‘iCenter’ one of three oil and gas global centres
GE has announced the launch of Predictivity, its portfolio of Industrial Internet solutions that it said would help customers across major industries in the Asia Pacific region reach new levels of productivity.
Leveraging big data from intelligent machines and predictive analytics, Predictivity will help leading industry players – particularly in the oil and gas sector – to meet the region’s growing energy needs, while managing operational and capital efficiency, the company said in a statement.
“Predictivity harnesses the power of the Industrial Internet to connect people, machines, and industrial big data, to deliver better outcomes for customers,” said GE chairman and chief executive officer Jeffrey R. Immelt (pic above).
“The more we can connect, monitor and manage the world’s machines, the more insight and visibility we can give our customers to reduce unplanned downtime and increase predictability,” he added.
GE also launched its oil and gas monitoring and diagnostics facility, the iCenter, one of three global centres set up in different time zones to ensure 24x7 monitoring and diagnostics services for GE’s installed fleet of turbomachinery for customers throughout the world.
The goal of the iCenter is to enhance rotating equipment availability, reliability and performance through Predictivity solutions, the company said.
GE said its oil and gas monitoring and diagnostics technology is deployed in over 800 gas turbines and compressors in 27 countries. Diagnostic engineers in GE’s iCenters can call upon more than 11 million hours of machine data, from countries around the globe, gathered from intelligent sensors and allied with the power of big data and analytics to provide customers with recommendations to ensure that their equipment is performing at the best of its capabilities, and avoid unplanned issues.
“The establishment of GE’s iCenter is certainly in line with Malaysia’s aspiration to strengthen the oil and gas industrial cluster,” said Phang Ah Tong, deputy chief executive officer of the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA), the Government’s principal agency for the promotion of the manufacturing and services sectors in Malaysia.
“The centre complements the oil and gas ecosystem as it provides critical support services to oil and gas companies. We believe that such an establishment will also provide impetus to attract other major oil and gas players to establish their presence here,” he added.
The iCenter in Kuala Lumpur is fully integrated with the centres in Florence, Italy and Houston, Texas to guarantee direct access to discipline experts during critical events. The iCenter is managed by local engineers in line with GE’s commitment to support the growth of Malaysian talent, the company said.
“Kuala Lumpur was selected as a location for the iCenter as a demonstration of GE’s commitment to the growth of the region’s oil and gas sector,” said Visal Leng, Asia Pacific general manager of GE Oil & Gas.
“Basing the iCenter, and GE Oil & Gas’ overall operations within the capital city made the most sense in terms of market stability, regional access and connectivity, quality of talent, cost of living, and strong infrastructure.
“GE’s office at 1Sentral not only serves as the Asean corporate headquarters but is also the Asia Pacific headquarters for Oil & Gas, more specifically our Turbomachinery Solutions and Downstream Technology Solutions businesses,” said Leng.
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