- GE’s Blockchain Network recognized with prestigious National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) 2019 Manufacturing Leadership Award for Supply Chain leadership
- Uses Blockchain to secure digital transactions in 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, from powder to finished part
- GE Research Blockchain Team sees broad application of its Blockchain framework to critical commercial and government operations
- Will present results at 2019 CONSENSUS Blockchain Conference in New York City
Beckmann says, “The demonstration of Blockchain for Additive is an excellent use case to build out our blockchain framework. We can create networks that allow for fine-grain control of materials flows, data, intellectual property and identity along the entire additive digital thread. The goal here is to provide security for the entire additive process from powder to print.”
The manufacture of high value metallic components with unique additive manufacturing production-only designs in industries such as aviation and power generation require a new level of sophistication at every step along the supply chain, manufacturing floor and post production process. The additive manufacturing process depends upon a consistent supply of high-quality feedstock that includes highly reactive metallic powders that have a defined shelf life and limited reuse characteristics. Efficiently managing the source, quality level and history of each part of the supply chain is mission critical in any high-tech additive manufacturing operation.
Beckmann says that this first-of-its kind Blockchain Framework developed at GE Research could have much broader impact across a wide range of critical applications in commercial and government operations. “We’re working on a range of applications addressing industrial-grade requirements for industrial, energy, healthcare, and the defense industries.”
John Carbone, Principal Engineer at GE Research and colleague of Ben’s, says the team has built an industrial-grade blockchain implementation that runs over a rugged, quantum-secure network. “In the network, each identity associated with devices, designs, machines, materials, components and people can be quickly verified, qualified, documented and managed in an automated fashion with the highest degree of data integrity and assurance,” Carbone says. “The system is based on modern cryptographic methods focused on data integrity, data ownership and rights plus automated workflow capabilities through distributed ledger technologies for contracts and transactions.”
GE Research’s Blockchain Team will be formally recognized at the 15th Annual Manufacturing Leadership Awards Gala of the 2019 Manufacturing Leadership Summit, June 10-12, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa in Huntington Beach, CA.
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