General Electric

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Company Profile



Headquarter: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Revenues (2017): 122.1 billion $

Operating income (2017): -8.79 billion $

Employees (2017): 300.000


With products and services ranging from aircraft engines, power generation and oil and gas production equipment to medical imaging, financing and industrial products, GE serves customers in over 180 countries and employ approximately 313,000 people of whom approximately 106,000 are employed in the United States. Since General Electric incorporation in 1892, the company has developed or acquired new technologies and services that have considerably broadened and changed the scope of the activities.

Manufacturing operations are carried out at 191 manufacturing plants located in 38 states in the United States and Puerto Rico and at 348 manufacturing plants located in 43 other countries.

For the additive manufacturing sector GE established “GE Additive” that includes additive machine providers Concept Laser and Arcam, along with additive materials provider AP&C. GE’s relationships with Arcam and Concept Laser has complemented GE’s existing material science and additive capabilities, enabling the development of new service applications across multiple GE businesses and allowing us to earn numerous patents.


Financial Outlook and Market


During 2017 the consolidated revenues decreased $1.6 billion, or 1%, primarily driven by decreased Financial Services revenues of $1.8 billion and decreased Corporate revenues of $3.1 billion, partially offset by increased industrial segment revenues of $3.3 billion. The overall foreign currency impact on consolidated revenues was an increase of $0.6 billion.[1]

The Company’s segments include Power, Renewable Energy, Oil & Gas, Aviation, Healthcare, Transportation, Energy Connections & Lighting, and Capital.[2]

The Power segment serves power generation, industrial, government and other customers around the world with products and services related to energy production. The Company’s products and technologies harness resources, such as oil, gas, coal, diesel, and nuclear to produce electric power and include gas and steam turbines, full balance of plant, upgrade and service solutions, as well as data-leveraging software.

The Renewable Energy segment offers renewable power sources. The segment offers solutions from onshore and offshore wind, hydro and low carbon technologies.

The Oil & Gas segment serves all sectors of the oil and gas industry, from drilling, completion, production and oil field operations, to transportation through liquefied natural gas (LNG) and pipelines. In addition, the Oil & Gas segment provides industrial power generation and compression solutions to the refining and petrochemicals sectors.

The Aviation segment designs and produces commercial and military aircraft engines, integrated digital components, electric power and mechanical aircraft systems. It also provides aftermarket services to support its products.

The Healthcare segment provides healthcare technologies in medical imaging, digital solutions, patient monitoring and diagnostics, drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies and performance improvement solutions. The Company’s Healthcare Systems provides a range of technologies and services that include diagnostic imaging and clinical systems.

The Transportation segment is a supplier to the railroad, mining, marine, stationary power and drilling industries. The Company’s Locomotives provide freight and passenger locomotives, as well as rail services to help solve rail challenges.

The Company’s Energy Connections designs and deploys technologies that transport, convert, automate and optimize energy to electrical power. The Company’s Industrial Solutions creates technologies that distribute and control electricity to protect people, property and equipment.

The Capital segment is a financial services division. The segment provides financial products and services around the globe.[3]

R&D Scenario

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2018 Youngstown State University | Youngstown Business Incubator | University of Northern Iowa | General Electric Walker, J | Harris, E | Lynagh, C | Beck, A | Vuksanovich, B | Conner, B | MacDonald, E | Lonardo, R | Thiel, J | Rogers, K
Title Oxide inclusions in laser additive manufactured stainless steel and their effects on impact toughness and stress corrosion cracking behavior
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2018 General Electric Lou, XY | Andresen, PL | Rebak, RB
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2018 General Electric | GE Power | GE India Panicker, SS | Srinivasan, D
Title Development of a physical 3D anthropomorphic breast texture model using selective laser sintering rapid prototype printing
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2018 University of Toronto | Sunnybrook Research Institute | GE Healthcare | General Electric Mainprize, JG | Carton, AK | Klausz, R | Li, ZJ | Hunter, DM | Mawdsley, GE | Muller, S | Yaffe, MJ
Title Charting the Environmental Dimensions of Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing
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2017 University of Nottingham | KU Leuven | General Electric | Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) | Yale University Baumers, M | Duflou, JR | Flanagan, W | Gutowski, TG | Kellens, K | Lifset, R
Title Environmental Dimensions of Additive Manufacturing Mapping Application Domains and Their Environmental Implications
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2017 KU Leuven | University of Nottingham | Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) | General Electric | Yale University Kellens, K | Baumers, M | Gutowski, TG | Flanagan, W | Lifset, R | Duflou, JR
Title The scope of additive manufacturing in cryogenics, component design, and applications
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2017 General Electric | Imaging Technol | University of Twente | Karlsruhe Institute of Technology | Helmholtz Association Stautner, W | Vanapalli, S | Weiss, KP | Chen, R | Amm, K | Budesheim, E | Ricci, J
Title Introduction of an Additively Manufactured Multi-Furcating Heat Exchanger
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2017 General Electric Gerstler, WD | Erno, D
Title Neutron residual stress measurement and numerical modeling in a curved thin-walled structure by laser powder bed fusion additive manufacturing
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2017 United States Department of Energy (DOE) | Oak Ridge National Laboratory | General Electric An, K | Yuan, L | Dial, L | Spinelli, I | Stoica, AD | Gao, Y
Title Influence of Computational Grid and Deposit Volume on Residual Stress and Distortion Prediction Accuracy for Additive Manufacturing Modeling
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2017 ESI Grp | Honeywell Aerosp | General Electric | UTRC Desmaison, O | Pires, PA | Levesque, G | Peralta, A | Sundarraj, S | Makinde, A | Jagdale, V | Megahed, M

IP Scenario

Assignee/Applicant GEN ELECTRIC
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US10073060B2 11/09/2018 19/11/2015 G01N002924 | G01N002902
Title Non-contact acoustic inspection method for additive manufacturing processes
Abstract The method involves using a non-contact method to generate an acoustic wave in the build surface, and using a non contact method to measure displacement of the build surface in response to the acoustic wave. The sub-surface material property of the workpiece is determined by analyzing the displacement of the build surface. The acoustic wave is generated by the directed energy source and is generated inherently by the creation of the weld tank.
Assignee/Applicant ARCAM AB
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US10071424B2 11/09/2018 2014-03-07 | 2015-02-12 | 2017-09-12 B33Y008000 | B22F0003105 | B28B000100 | B29C0064153 | B29C006420 | B29K010500 | B33Y001000 | B33Y003000 | B33Y005002
Title Computer program products configured for additive manufacturing of three-dimensional articles
Abstract The computer program product has at least one non-transitory computer-readable storage medium with computer-readable program code portions having one or more executable portions. The executable portions are adapted to set a distance between two adjacent of two or more parallel scan lines as a function of the determined length. The function of determined length is such that as the determined length increases the distance increases while the determined length is less than a predetermined value, and the distance is a constant value while the determined length is equal to or greater than the predetermined value. The executable portions direct a first energy beam from a first energy beam source over a work table so as to cause first powder layer to fuse in first selected locations according to corresponding model of at least one 3D article so as to form a first cross section of 3D article.
Assignee/Applicant ARCAM AB
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US10071423B2 11/09/2018 2014-04-02 | 2015-03-03 | 2017-03-22 B33Y001000 | B22F0003105 | B23K001500 | B23K001502 | B23K002606 | B23K0026073 | B23K0026342 | B23K002670 | B28B000100 | B28B001700 | B29C0064153 | B29C0064386 | B33Y003000 | B33Y005002 | G02B002709 | B29K010500
Title Apparatus, method, and computer program product for fusing a workpiece
Abstract The apparatus has a controller for controlling an astigmatism lens to shape a high energy beam spot on a powder layer such that the shape of the high energy beam spot (230) on the layer of powder is longer in direction that is parallel to deflection direction of a high energy beam (210) than in direction perpendicular to the deflection direction of the high energy beam, where a ratio of length of the high energy beam spot in the parallel direction and width of the high energy beam spot in the perpendicular direction is varying as a function of power of the energy beam on a workpiece during a scan of the high energy beam on a powder material or between successive scans of the high energy beam on the powder material, and the width of the high energy beam spot in the perpendicular direction is a constant value.
Assignee/Applicant ARCAM AB
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US9950367B2 24/04/2018 2014-04-02 | 2015-03-03 B22F0003105 | B23K001500 | B23K001502 | B23K002606 | B23K0026342 | B23K002670 | B33Y001000
Title Apparatus, method, and computer program product for fusing a workpiece
Abstract The method involves providing high energy beam source for emitting high energy beam e.g. electron beam or laser beam for heating or fusing powder material. The deflection source e.g. tiltable mirror or tiltable lens or deflection coil is set for deflecting high energy beam. The focus lens is provided for focusing (830) high energy beam on powder material. The high energy beam on powder layer is shaped (840) with astigmatism lens. The ratio of length of high energy beam in parallel and perpendicular direction is varied as function of power of energy beam on workpiece.
Assignee/Applicant GEN ELECTRIC
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US10065241B2 04/09/2018 17/11/2015 B22F000304 | B22F0003105 | B22F0003115 | B22F000324 | B23K0026342 | B23P002304 | B23P002500 | B23Q001110 | B29C006420 | B33Y001000 | B33Y003000 | B33Y004000 | C23C002404
Title Combined additive manufacturing and machining system
Abstract The combined additive manufacturing and machining system (100) has an outer chamber (270) and an additive manufacturing tool (120) that is positioned within the outer chamber. The additive manufacturing tool includes a laser deposition welding tool (130) and a laser unit, and has a nozzle (140) which is in communication with a metal source. A cryogenic fluid source (210) is in communication with a machining tool (180) which is positioned within the outer chamber.
Assignee/Applicant GEN ELECTRIC
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US10053988B2 21/08/2018 10/12/2015 F01D000518 | B22F0003105 | B22F000504 | B22F000706 | B23K001500 | B23K0026342 | B33Y001000 | B33Y008000 | F01D000904 | F01D000906 | F01D002512 | B22F000500 | B23K010100
Title Article and method of forming an article
Abstract The article (100) has a main portion having an inner surface and an outer surface. The inner surface is provided to define an inner region. A cooling feature section is positioned within the inner region. The main portion is comprised with a primary material. The cooling feature section is comprised with a secondary material. The thermal conductivity of the secondary material of cooling feature section is higher than the primary material of main portion.
Assignee/Applicant GEN ELECTRIC
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US10048661B2 14/08/2018 17/12/2014 G06F001700 | B29C006700 | B33Y005002 | G05B001502 | G05B0019401 | G06T000100
Title Visualization of additive manufacturing process data
Abstract The visualization method (200) involves receiving (202) process data associated with a three dimensional manufacturing process of an object by a user device. The process data is transformed (204) into visualization data compatible with a computer-aided design specification. A Boolean query associated with the three dimensional manufacturing process is received (206) by the user device. A visual depiction of one aspect on a display screen is rendered in response to the Boolean query by the user device.
Assignee/Applicant GEN ELECTRIC
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US10046389B2 14/08/2018 17/12/2015 B22D001900 | B22C000300 | B22C000910 | B22C000912 | B22C000924 | B22D002100 | B22D002502 | B22D002900 | B33Y001000 | B33Y007000 | B33Y008000 | C25D000312 | C25D000514 | C25D000556 | C25D000704 | C23C001831 | F01D000518 | F01D000902 | F01D002512 | F04D002932 | F04D002954 | F04D002958
Title Method and assembly for forming components having internal passages using a jacketed core
Abstract The method involves positioning a covering core (310) with respect to a metal mold (300). The components material in a molten state is transduced into the cavity (304) of a metal mold, so that the components material in a molten state absorbs a hollow structure partially from a portion of covering core within a cavity. The cavity of the cooling components material is provided so that components are formed, and an internal core constitutes the internal channel in components.
Assignee/Applicant DRESSER INC
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US10036486B2 31/07/2018 14/10/2014 F16K004704 | B23K0026342 | B33Y001000 | B33Y008000 | F16K004708
Title Tortuous path control valve trim
Abstract The valve component (20) has a body (21) that has a first surface (26) and a second surface (28). A tortuous flow channel extends between the first and second surfaces of the body and includes a floor portion and a ceiling portion. The body is formed as one-piece by additive manufacturing to concurrently define the flow channel as a void space. The floor portion and ceiling portion are disposed at an acute angle relative to a plane containing a layer of material forming the body and include a planar surface segment.
Assignee/Applicant GEN ELECTRIC
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US10029325B2 24/07/2018 01/07/2013 B23H000304 | B22F000100 | B22F0003105 | B22F000500 | B22F000504 | B22F000510 | B23H000300 | B23H000306 | B23H000900 | B23H000910 | B23H000914 | B23K002600 | B23K0026342 | B33Y001000 | B33Y004000 | B33Y008000 | C25F000700 | B22F000324 | B23K010100 | B23K010304 | B23K010308 | B23K010314 | B23K010318
Title Methods and systems for electrochemical machining of an additively manufactured component
Abstract The system comprises a component (100), where the component includes an inner surface and internal passage, and an electrode formed within the internal passage and electrically isolated from the component. The component and the electrode are formed by using additive manufacturing, where a power source is operatively connected to the electrode. The power source is configured to apply an electromotive force to facilitate smoothing the inner surface with the electrode.
Assignee/Applicant GEN ELECTRIC
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US10029299B2 24/07/2018 09/07/2015 B22C000902 | B22C000100 | B22C000116 | B22C000904 | B22C000910 | B22C000924 | B22D002502 | B22D002900 | B33Y001000 | B33Y008000
Title Three-dimensional manufacturing methods and systems for turbine components
Abstract The manufacturing method involves producing dissolvable ceramic material mold in additive manufacturing process, casting metallic material in dissolvable ceramic material mold, producing the component, and dissolving the dissolvable ceramic material. The component produced comprises an airfoil with internal cooling channels (80). The step of producing dissolvable ceramic mold comprises producing a dissolvable ceramic core (120), or producing combined core and mold (130) that includes core and outer mold (140).
Assignee/Applicant GEN ELECTRIC
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US10023500B2 17/07/2018 30/08/2016 C08F000246 | B28B000100 | B28B001124 | B33Y001000 | B33Y007000 | C04B003510 | C04B0035622 | C04B0035632 | C04B0035638 | C08G006104
Title Light-curable ceramic slurries with hybrid binders
Abstract The light curable ceramic slurry contains hybrid binder having organic resin component and multi-functional reactive siloxane component that is miscible with the organic resin component. A photo initiator has corresponding photoactivation wavelength range and ceramic particles. The ceramic slurry is cured via exposure to light in the photoactivation wavelength range of the photo initiator such that both the organic resin component and the multi-functional reactive siloxane component of the hybrid binder polymerize.