Asset-intensive companies are constantly challenged to reduce operating risk and improve reliability, while effectively managing costs. In addition, organizations are faced with ever-expanding regulatory requirements, protecting the health and safety of their workers, and providing the necessary tools to make them more productive.

Some industrial organizations choose to tackle these business challenges with a variety of software solutions or manual work processes. In the age of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) it’s only going to get harder to facilitate this work (especially if it’s happening in organizational siloes) in a productive and sustainable way.

Asset Performance Management (APM) from GE Digital, is now the most comprehensive APM solution available to industry. By combining GE Digital’s APM portfolio with Meridium Enterprise APM (acquired by GE in September 2016), organizations can realize the benefits of real-time visibility, into their equipment's status and health across the entire enterprise, armed with powerful analytics to increase asset reliability and avoid unplanned downtime.

Besides visibility into equipment health, risk-reduction, and optimization of maintenance, APM enables asset-intensive organizations to reduce long-term total cost of ownership, safety to workers and the environment, and disruptions to operations. We’ve seen its benefits on our own equipment at our own facilities. GE, as an OEM, monitors more than $1 trillion in assets. We know what it takes to monitor industrial equipment and will continue to invest in APM solutions for us and for industry.

Benefits of APM

Based on industry averages and results that our actual customers have experienced, APM can deliver: 

  • 2-6% increased availability with reduced unplanned downtime to ensure that critical assets and systems are monitored and protected from emerging threats
  • 10-40% reduction in reactive maintenance by detecting problems early, turning unplanned downtime into planned downtime
  • 3-40% reduction in EH&S incidents and protects the health and safety of employees and the environmen
  • 5-10% inventory cost reduction by determining spare parts requirements based on failure rates, logistical constraints, and downtime
  • 5-25% gain in employee productivity with prioritized maintenance based on criticality and cost
  • 5-10% reduction in IT total cost of ownership delivered via software as a service (Saas) model that provides flexibility and access to business insights

These kinds of results come from a combination of GE’s control-to-cloud coverage and remote monitoring and diagnostics capability through GE Digital’s Industrial Performance Reliability Center (IPRC) and cyber security offerings. This software analyzes and simulates real-world conditions to predict how equipment or a process will behave in order to more effectively manage cost and risk. Future integrations with the recently acquired ServiceMax will help industrial customers act on intelligence from the APM solutions and deploy services appropriately.

By making operations safer and more reliable, while helping to ensure optimal performance at a lower sustainable cost, GE Digital’s APM can help guide your industrial organizations digital transformation and start realizing real business value quickly.

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About the author

Dr. William “Eddie” Amos

Corporate Vice President Predix Platform and Industrial Applications, GE Digital

Eddie currently serves as the Vice President of Predix Platform and Industrial Applications for GE Digital. With over 30 years of enterprise and industrial software development experience, Eddie now leads product strategy, development and solutions for the Digital business, inclusive of the Predix platform and Predix applications like Asset Performance Management (APM), Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES), Automation and other technologies that allow customers to digitize their operations and unlock unprecedented productivity. Eddie joined GE Digital through GE’s acquisition of Meridium in 2016. In the four-years Eddie served as CTO of Meridium, the company revenues grew over 70% before being acquired by GE Digital. Since Joining GE, Eddie has focused on the integration of the APM products of the two companies to release the industry’s most comprehensive unified APM product offering.

Prior to his time at Meridium, Eddie was the Vice President of Developer Marketing and Evangelism at Juniper Networks. His team was responsible for the marketing, strategy and external evangelism of Junos and the Junos Space Platform. During his tenure, the group launched the Juniper Developer Network and increased the number of active developers by more than 500%. Other accomplishments included the creation of a scalable interactive online community and marketplace.  Before Juniper, he was a Partner and General Manager of the Developer Platform and Tools group at Microsoft. Here his team was responsible for strategy, evangelism, planning and marketing for products like Visual Studio, Expression, .NET, IIS and Silverlight. He also managed teams at Microsoft that focused on the technical enablement of the Global Independent Software Vendor (ISV) community. 

Eddie also served as Vice President of Business Technology at webMethods, where his team focused on complex enterprise integration problems and supported the efforts of the IS Community. Previous roles include senior manager in the Product Management Group at Lotus Development, Information Architect for GSA, and Network Security and IT procurement for the U.S. Navy. He has been very involved in the start-up community for years, serving on several technology and innovation boards, and he is also a pilot, sailor and amateur radio operator in his spare time.

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