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Hungary: Cost savings by digitalisation at the largest Hungarian exporter

| Author / Editor: Zsolt Meszaros, editor in chief / Franziska Breunig

Gas turbine powerplants by GE Power.
Gas turbine powerplants by GE Power. (Bild: www.ge.com)

The Veresegyház factory of GE Power increases its efficiency with its own digital technology. The company manufacturing gas turbine powerplants and accessories, contributing 4% to the gross Hungarian export, has decreased its maintenance costs by 25% in the recent four years with the help of predictive technologies.

The significant increase has been achieved by the introduction of pre-emptive maintenance technologies based on sonic analysis of plasma guns used in production. Through digital innovation, the company has tripled the life span of the highly valuable plasma spraying equipment, by which they blow ceramic powder on the turbine parts manufactured by the company at 14000 degrees Celsius, that is, a temperature equivalent with that of the solar surface.

Changes by digitalisation

The 125 year old GE is undergoing significant changes, as a result of which it will be transformed from a conventional machine- and equipment manufacturing company to a digital industrial company. Goal of GE is to raise its annual price revenue by 6 billion Dollars to 15 billion dollars by 2020 through digital services based on data analysis.

„The digital restructuring of GE involves its structure as well as global and local market presence. GE will focus in the future mainly on industries and products in which both the manufacturing procedure and the product itself can be digitalised.” – said Joerd Bauer, president of GE Hungary. „GE has created about 2500 high value added jobs backed up with digital services in Hungary in the recent two years, with an investment of 33 billion Forints. Our goal is to increase our added value by IoT solutions based on data analysis and by that, to support the reorientation of the nation’s economy to that of innovation based economy.”- added Joerg Bauer.

One of the best examples of the restructuring of GE into a digital company is the Veresegyház plant of GE Power operational since 2001. That is the largest plant of GE Power outside the United States. The more than 2000 strong GE Power Veresegyház manufactures small and medium power gas turbine powerplants and parts. Joint capacity of the powerplants manufactured annually is nearly 2 GW, which equals with the present capacity of the Paks nuclear powerplant.

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