Supporting companies using multiple equipment types
As a mentioned above, practically every company purchases equipment from multiple vendors to maintain healthy competition and push those vendors for the best capabilities at the best price. In the industrial sector, companies will also diversify their equipment to prevent total system failure. For example, utilities will source hardware from multiple vendors so that if there is a design fault within a particular equipment model, that failure doesn’t take the entire network down.
GE Digital serves thousands of industrial companies and they need our software to work across heterogenous environments. So naturally, we supported our customers and developed Digital Twin templates so that our software works on their equipment, whether manufactured by GE, Siemens, Pratt & Whitney, Caterpillar, or other OEMs.
One of the biggest myths out there is that GE Digital Twin templates are only for GE equipment. To correct that, let me share a few facts on our Digital Twin templates:
- 59% are OEM Agnostic (e.g., Electric Drive Motor)
- 24% are for other OEMs’ equipment (e.g., Siemens Combustion Turbine)
- 17% are for GE equipment (e.g., GE Wind Turbine Generator)
So only 17% of GE Digital’s templates are explicitly for GE equipment – fewer than the number of templates available for other OEM’s equipment.
Additionally, GE Digital has reliability engineering veterans who have worked for decades in mining, O&G, Power, chemicals and other industrial firms and have made the transformation from break-fix and time-based maintenance to predictive maintenance. They help our customers with subject matter expertise and, perhaps more importantly, credibility when undertaking a major change to work process and culture. Of our customers’ assets that this team works with, only 15% represent GE hardware. Our Digital Twin templates are as diverse and robust as even our most complex customers’ assets or systems.