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Transforming Appliance Manufacturing With Digital 3D Measurement Data

GE Appliances, a Haier company, has been making heating and cooking products since 1907. Based in the 750-acre Appliance Park in Louisville, Kentucky, USA the company employs more than 8,000 people. Product innovations include the first self-cleaning oven and over-the-range microwave. Pioneering the first suite of Wi-Fi-connected appliances and products that interact with Google Home and Amazon Echo, it won Smart Appliance Company of the Year at the Internet of Things Breakthrough Awards three years running.

With multiple product lines and hundreds of parts per product, appliance manufacturing can be an incredibly complex undertaking. Tasked with determining the best way to achieve next-level quality and productivity and assure the company’s future, GE Appliances leadership realized that using the same software to interface with different measuring devices, aggregating the 3D metrology data, and efficiently putting that data in the hands of engineers who need it, was key.

Breaking down barriers and silos and interconnecting everyone who can benefit from digital 3D measurement data is the promise of Innovmetric’s PolyWorks|DataLoop. This scalable data-management solution can handle vast amounts of data produced by multiple measuring sources (CMMs, laser scanning, etc.) and make it available to engineers and decision-makers across the organization. Teams can measure parts, review results, troubleshoot issues, and proactively adjust manufacturing processes simultaneously, a force multiplier in productivity and product quality.

“All the 3D data in the world is not that valuable if engineers can’t get their hands on it.” states Dave Leone, senior director, Engineering and Dimensional Control.

Robust 3D Measurement Data Management

PolyWorks|DataLoop is the next-generation data management solution that allows enterprisewide sharing of 3D measurement data and results, contributing to the digital transformation of an organization. It provides a digital collaboration platform that facilitates teamwork by interconnecting all team members that capture or need access to 3D measurement information.

PolyWorks|DataLoop is a scalable data management solution that allows you to optimally handle the vast amount of data produced by your 3D measurement activities by managing your inspection projects, their revisions, and 3D measurement data.

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