By Anthony Capkun
May 3, 2013 – Saying it will enable its engineers to design, develop and deliver new products faster than ever, GE announced the opening of its $1.5-million, 17,000-sf New Product Introduction (NPI) Accelerator Lab at the business’ HQ in Plainville, Conn.
“From rapid-prototyping capabilities to shorten product-cycle time, to our tear-down area for conducting product comparison analysis, this new facility with state-of-the-art equipment enables our team to quickly troubleshoot design challenges, apply manufacturing processes and gain invaluable hands-on experience,” said Paul Singer, senior executive of engineering for GE’s Industrial Solutions business.
The lab features a team room, high-tech machine shop, product tear-down area and pilot-run production area. To celebrate the facility’s opening, GE is hosting a Technology Day for local high school students, employees and media with a variety of activities to inspire “creative engineering and the spirit of innovation”.
“The NPI Accelerator Lab co-locates our engineering, sourcing, product management and supply chain teams, enabling improved communication and cross-functional engagement,” added Singer.