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Centers of Excellence Strive to Promote Innovation

Wed, 05/03/2006 - 6:04am
While most companies try to solve healthcare design challenges as they arise, GE Plastics is a company that sees global application technology (GApT) and design as a major competitive advantage as it accelerates expansion of GApT capabilities worldwide.

At its six state-of-the-art Centers of Excellence, strategically located in the United States, Europe, China, Japan, and India, GE Plastics is investing millions in new equipment, machinery, and technical customer support to further drive the use of its innovative materials in high-end applications, such as healthcare devices.

GE Plastics’ GApT organization is a key part of the company’s carefully crafted business strategy to strengthen its position as a leading global provider of hands-on technical, design, and testing services to support customer growth. The organization’s emphasis on innovation, advanced engineering, and flexibility is embodied in a six-phase customer innovation process geared to developing custom-application solutions. These six interrelated phases have been developed to provide full-service support at each stage of the application development process and include: customer needs analysis, concept development, application design development, engineering analysis and design optimization, prototyping and real-world testing, and the development of actual parts.

To further support each critical phase of the customer innovation process, GApT offers a broad range of additional services. The Centers of Excellence also offer secondary operations support such as painting, welding, and vacuum metalization, as well as the structural analysis of finished components. These efforts are being facilitated through a staff of 126 professionals, 80 percent of whom are degreed engineers.

Information: www.ge.com.
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