GE Digital | August 05, 2022
Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) and GE Digital today announce an alliance to help organizations transform their manufacturing operations. The alliance combines the proven sector excellence and technology consulting services of EY US with the more than 100 years of manufacturing experience and rich digital technology of GE.
With the rapidly growing demand for modernized manufacturing systems, companies are seeking to gain a competitive advantage by expediting their digital transformation journey. As critical key performance indicators (KPIs) for the industry include the need for operational efficiency, quality management improvement, loss reduction and energy efficiency, the EY−GE Digital Alliance will provide solutions and guidance on ways to increase productivity while lowering costs.
GE Digital is an industry leader in developing software for manufacturing. The business helps foster deeper integration between the enterprise resource planning layer of an organization's technology landscape with its equipment on the shop floor. GE Digital's software tools can be fit to meet the various challenges accompanying the growing manufacturing system market, including improving quality, uptime and operations performance.
The manufacturing technology service of EY US, which has been growing over the last 20 years, has proven experience implementing GE Digital software tools for more than 40 different clients spanning various industrial sectors.
Through this alliance, manufacturers can also leverage support from EY US teams to implement and integrate GE Digital software to develop more data-driven manufacturing operations.
"I am excited to see EY US and GE Digital joining forces to help manufacturers achieve their business outcomes building a fit-for-purpose enterprise manufacturing technology landscape. The EY−GE Digital Alliance will harness the combined power of technology, services and solutions, industry insights, system integration and consulting experience of the two organizations to optimize the value chain for companies throughout the industry."
-Scott Dixon, Digital Manufacturing Leader, Ernst & Young LLP.
Richard Kenedi, GE Digital General Manager, Manufacturing and Digital Plant, says Software is mission-critical to accelerating transformation in industry today. The alliance brings together leaders in software solutions and technology services to help industrial companies solve their toughest challenges. Software supports corporate initiatives including continuous improvement, compliance, sustainability and global competitiveness. Companies want those solutions to be working quickly and efficiently so they can see fast time to value. Working with EY US creates that synergy needed to pursue business opportunities.
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About GE Digital:
GE Digital transforms how our customers solve their toughest challenges by putting industrial data to work. Our mission is to bring simplicity, speed, and scale to digital transformation activities, with industrial software that delivers breakthrough business outcomes. GE Digital's product portfolio – including grid optimization and analytics, asset and operations performance management, and manufacturing operations and automation – helps industrial companies in the utility, power generation, oil & gas, aviation, and manufacturing sectors change the way industry works.
Plex | June 10, 2022
Plex Systems, a Rockwell Automation business, and a leader in cloud-delivered smart manufacturing solutions, revealed today a new modularization approach for its Smart Manufacturing Platform to provide accessibility and scalability for manufacturing's digital transition. Plex's revolutionary cloud-native platform enables this approach, which better aligns with clients' goals as they develop their smart manufacturing technology strategy, including an emphasis on flexibility, quick implementation, and ease of entry with a road to growth.
Manufacturers can begin their digital transition in a variety of ways with Plex. They can, for example, start with quality management (QMS) or manufacturing execution (MES) systems, which are standard entry points for most manufacturers, and then add capabilities like production monitoring, asset performance management, or supply chain planning later. Companies can choose the beginning point that best matches their needs using this method, and then scale into other linked solutions over time.
Plex is the only system that allows new capabilities to be "activated" rather than "installed," allowing data and governance rules to flow fluidly throughout the system.
The following are three instances of novel modular solutions:
New Product Introduction and Management: Reduce time to market and development expenses to boost profitability and competitive position. Companies can successfully track new and existing products, including upgrades, retirement, and obsolescence, and manage the product and program lifecycle - from concept to completion.
Labor and Workforce Management: Using effective labor management, clear skills-to-required production capabilities, reduced onboarding time, and employee health and safety programs, you can optimize labor schedules and costs while maintaining delivery schedules.
Advanced Quality: Use integrated continuous improvement toolsets to manage supplier quality and compliance and extend quality processes throughout the whole supply chain to establish a holistic quality culture both inside and outside the four walls of the firm.
Plex was built from the ground up for manufacturers with flexibility and scalability in mind, as evidenced by our cloud-first multi-tenant architecture. Modularization takes this a step further with numerous starting points for companies at any stage to begin or expand their digital transformation journey.”
Nathan Pieri, chief product officer and vice president, applications, Rockwell Automation.
STMicroelectronics | July 11, 2022
STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, and GlobalFoundries Inc. (Nasdaq: GFS), a global leader in feature-rich semiconductor manufacturing, announced they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to create a new, jointly-operated 300mm semiconductor manufacturing facility adjacent to ST’s existing 300mm facility in Crolles, France. This facility is targeted to ramp at full capacity by 2026, with up to 620,000 300mm wafer per year production at full build-out (~42% ST and ~58% GF).
ST and GF are committed to building capacity for their European and global customer base. This new facility will support several technologies, in particular FD-SOI-based technologies, and will cover multiple variants. This includes GF’s market leading FDX technology and ST’s comprehensive technology roadmap down to 18nm, which are expected to remain in high demand for Automotive, IoT, and Mobile applications for the next few decades.
FD-SOI technology has origins in the Grenoble (France) area. It has been part of ST technology and product roadmap in its Crolles facility since the early beginnings, and it was later enabled with differentiation and commercialized for manufacturing at GF’s Dresden facility. FD-SOI offers substantial benefits for designers and customers, including ultra-low power consumption as well as easier integration of additional features such as RF connectivity, mmWave and security.
ST and GF will receive significant financial support from the State of France for the new facility. This facility will strongly contribute to the objectives of the European Chips Act, including the goal of Europe reaching 20% of worldwide semiconductor production by 2030. In addition to the sizeable, multi-year investment in advanced semiconductor manufacturing in Europe, it will support the leadership and resilience of the European technology ecosystems, from R&D (with the recently announced cooperation on R&D among ST, GF, CEA-Leti and Soitec) to large-volume manufacturing, and support European and global customers with additional capacity in complex, advanced technologies for key end-markets including automotive, industrial, IoT, and communication infrastructure. The new manufacturing facility will be a substantial contributor to global digital and green transformations - delivering key enabling technologies and products. It will generate additional employment at the ST Crolles site (approximately 1,000 additional staff for the new manufacturing facility) and across its ecosystem of partners, suppliers and stakeholders.
By working together, ST and GF will leverage the economies of scale at the Crolles site as they accelerate semiconductor capacity the world needs with high capital efficiency.
“This new manufacturing facility will support our $20 billion+ revenue ambition. Working with GF will allow us to go faster, lower the risk thresholds, and reinforce the European FD-SOI ecosystem. We will have more capacity to support our European and global customers as they transition to digitalization and decarbonization ST is transforming its manufacturing base. We already have a unique position in our 300mm wafer fab in Crolles, France which will be further strengthened by today’s announcement. We continue to invest into our new 300mm wafer fab in Agrate (near Milan, Italy), ramping up in H1 2023 with an expected full saturation by end 2025, as well as in our vertically integrated silicon carbide and gallium nitride manufacturing.”
-Jean-Marc Chery, President and CEO of STMicroelectronics.
Our customers are seeking broad access to 22FDX® capacity for auto and industrial applications. The new facility will include GF dedicated foundry capacity for our customers offering GF’s unique innovation and will be managed by GF personnel onsite. This jointly operated, new manufacturing capacity expansion leverages ST’s Crolles existing facility infrastructure enabling GF to accelerate our growth while benefiting from economies of scale to deliver additional capacity in a highly capital efficient manner on our differentiated 22FDX platform, that has shipped more than one billion chips. With today’s announcement, we are expanding GF’s presence within Europe’s dynamic technology ecosystem and reinforcing our position as the leading semiconductor foundry in Europe,” said Dr. Thomas Caulfield, CEO GF. “Our global footprint enables GF to not only meet our customers capacity needs but also provides them supply chain security. The partnership investment with the French government, along with our long-term customer agreements, creates the right economic model for GF’s investment.
Additional information for GF investors is available at investors.gf.com.
The project is subject to the execution of definitive agreements and various regulatory approvals, including from the European Commission’s DG Competition, and to the completion of the consultation with ST’s French Works Council.
At ST, we are 48,000 creators and makers of semiconductor technologies mastering the semiconductor supply chain with state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities. An integrated device manufacturer, we work with more than 200,000 customers and thousands of partners to design and build products, solutions, and ecosystems that address their challenges and opportunities, and the need to support a more sustainable world. Our technologies enable smarter mobility, more efficient power and energy management, and the wide-scale deployment of the Internet of Things and connectivity. ST is committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2027. Further information can be found at www.st.com.