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Friday, March 31, 2017

Applications now open for 2017 Raytheon No Barriers expedition for wounded veterans

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Applications now open for 2017 Raytheon No Barriers expedition for wounded veterans

May 1, 2017, application deadline for August wilderness trek

TUCSON, Ariz.March 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Wounded veterans in ArizonaSouthern CaliforniaNew Mexico and Texas can now apply for the 2017 No Barriers Warriors Veteran Wilderness Expedition funded by Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN). In mid-August, the non-profit No Barriers Warriors organization will lead a team of 12 wounded veterans on a nine-day journey full of discoveries and challenges in Wyoming's Wind River Wilderness area. Wounded veterans from all branches of the military and all eras of service are eligible to apply.
To be considered for this year's expedition, wounded veterans should apply by May 1, 2017, through the No Barriers Warriors website. Once selected, team members must train for the journey and commit to a nine-day trek through the Wind River Wilderness area. Raytheon will track the team's progress by providing daily updates on the Raytheon website.  Participants pay nothing for the expedition; Raytheon underwrites the entire trip.
"These men and women have sacrificed so much for our nation in the name of freedom," said Raytheon Missile Systems President Dr. Taylor W. Lawrence. "By teaming with No Barriers Warriors, we are giving back to wounded veterans by providing them a life-changing experience."
Through physically challenging activities such as hiking and mountain climbing, wounded veterans learn how to face their fears and overcome obstacles, while bonding with fellow warriors. This is the fourth year that Raytheon and No Barriers Warriors have teamed for a Veteran Wilderness Expedition. Previous journeys took teams to the Rocky Mountains and the Grand Canyon.
"At No Barriers, we believe that what's within you is stronger than what's in your way," said Erik Weihenmayer, No Barriers USA founder. "In partnership with Raytheon, we are forever changing the lives of wounded warriors so they can truly live a No Barriers lifestyle."
About No Barriers Warriors
No Barriers Warriors, a program of No Barriers USA, improves the lives of veterans with disabilities through curriculum-based experiences in challenging environments. Our experiences serve as both an opportunity for growth and catalyst for change as these brave men and women stretch physical and emotional boundaries, foster camaraderie, pioneer through adversity and step up and serve others.
Through experiences that are one part adventure, one part curriculum, and one part physical challenge, we show veterans that what's within them is stronger than what's in front of them.
The mission of No Barriers USA is to unleash the potential of the human spirit. Through transformative experiences, tools and inspiration, No Barriers helps people embark on a quest to overcome obstacles, live a full life and contribute their absolute best to the world.
About Raytheon
Raytheon Company, with 2016 sales of $24 billion and 63,000 employees, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. With a history of innovation spanning 95 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration, C5I products and services, sensing, effects, and mission support for customers in more than 80 countries. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts. Follow us on Twitter.

Northrop Grumman to Provide Full Spectrum of Capabilities to US Army for New D3I Contract

Herndon, Va. – March 27, 2017 – The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command has named Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) a recipient of the Design, Development, Demonstration and Integration (D3I) contract.
Under the D3I Domain 1 contract the U.S. Army can provide task orders to the winning contractors for efforts supporting the warfighter. As an awardee of the contract, Northrop Grumman is one of eight companies who will exclusively bid on those task orders under the umbrella of D3I.

http://news.northropgrumman.com/news/releases/northrop-grumman-to-provide-full-spectrum-of-capabilities-to-us-army-for-new-d3i-contract

Honeywell Leads $243 Million Infrastructure Modernization Project at Tinker Air Force Base, Largest Performance Contract in Air Force History

Honeywell Leads $243 Million Infrastructure Modernization Project at Tinker Air Force Base, Largest Performance Contract in Air Force History: Honeywell and the U.S. Air Force announced a facility modernization project at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City to improve energy savings performance.

Mubadala, the Dubai Future Foundation and GE launch region’s first Microfactories in the UAE

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Mubadala, the Dubai Future Foundation and GE launch region’s first Microfactories in the UAE

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  • Microfactory to support UAE developments in 3D printing and small batch manufacturing to on-demand global collaboration and crowdsourced problem solving 
  • Memorandum of Understanding to develop facilities witnessed by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai
  • First Additive microfactory with a partner outside the US
 
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. March 27, 2017: Mubadala Development Company (Mubadala), the Abu Dhabi-based investment and development company, the Dubai Future Foundation and GE Additive (NYSE: GE) are uniting their collective expertise behind the establishment of the first Microfactory in the region, seeking to accelerate revolutionary additive design, customer innovation, digital manufacturing technologies and access to global problem solving within the United Arab Emirates [UAE].
 
Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, today witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit in Abu Dhabi by His Excellency Mohamed Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs in the Federal Government of the UAE and Vice Chairman and Managing Director of the Dubai Future Foundation, Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak, Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director at Mubadala, and Beth Comstock, Vice Chair, GE. 
 
The Microfactory is expected to play a crucial role in the upscaling of design and manufacturing capabilities in the UAE and the broader region, allowing for the merger of innovative and forward thinking ideas with the ability to use cutting edge additive manufacturing technology in the production of specialized components. 
 
Coupled with the use of open innovation and on-demand crowd-sourcing aimed at solving key regional challenges, this MoU serves an integral role in the lead up to the realization of UAE’s Vision 2021 of diversifying and supporting the advancement of industrialization, localization and manufacturing.
 
The Microfactory is able to bridge the gap to production through small batch manufacturing and would support ecosystem development, customer co-creation and unlocking new growth sectors. 
 
The goal is to build both an Abu Dhabi-based Microfactory focused on serving industrial companies, as well as a Dubai-based Microfactory focused on serving consumer goods and services companies.
 
“As a nation, our remit is a clear one: identify and act upon unique and sustainable partnerships that provide significant advancements across all sectors, in line with Vision 2021,” said H.E. Al Gergawi. “The leadership of the UAE is a firm believer in the exceptional opportunities presented by a proactive and future focused strategy, enabling individuals, companies, sectors and the nation to progress through the use of innovative and collaborative tools and platforms. These Microfactories are a glimpse of what the future represents, combining innovation and educational ecosystems with fast, efficient and sustainable manufacturing capabilities. The possibilities are truly limitless.”
 
Education and capability-building are vital elements behind the success and sustainability of the Microfactory, with heavy emphasis being placed not only on the ground by providing access to engineering and innovation consultants, but also the around-the-clock ability to interact and collaborate with some of the brightest minds in the field through the uniquely incorporated crowdsourcing platform.
 
“Manufacturing across many sectors has contributed to the diversification of our economy, and a number of Mubadala’s portfolio companies have made great strides in using collaboration and innovation to deepen manufacturing expertise,” said Khaldoon Al Mubarak. “This partnership with the Dubai Future Foundation and GE on these innovative micro-factories has the potential to further this expertise and enhance the country's competitive edge.”
 
The ability to continuously originate products will help to burgeon the UAE’s already expanding innovation ecosystem, driving new and unique collaborations aimed at supporting the nation’s drive toward its Vision 2021.
 
“The ability to partner with both Mubadala and the Dubai Future Foundation – two entities which enjoy an amazing track record in advancing emerging technologies and levelling up innovation platforms within the region – is truly exceptional,” said Comstock. “We share a significant history of working toward projects that advance the region, and these Microfactories continues that rich tradition. It will support the growth of entrepreneurs and SMEs in the digital industrial space, building a local ecosystem and community of suppliers across the key industries. GE is thrilled to partner once again in accelerating the use of this game-changing technology.”  
 
Members of GE Additive’s engineering team will also be working closely with companies from the region across several industrial sectors, offering best practices in how to design and manufacture components using the additive process, whilst GE’s Fuse™ team will recruit the expert community and coordinate the collaboration on innovation missions. 
 
“The opportunities in the UAE – and, of course, the broader Middle East markets – are abundant, and it is incumbent upon us, in collaboration with our partners, to work together to advance opportunities for inclusive and sustainable progress,” said Mohammad Ehteshami, Vice President of GE Additive. “The Microfactories are a concrete example of the results that can be achieved when innovation can take transformative and tangible form. We are phenomenally proud and optimistic about what it can deliver against UAE’s Vision 2021 and the country’s economic goals."
 
GE is a leading end user and innovator in the additive manufacturing space, and has invested approximately $1.5 billion in manufacturing and additive technologies at GE’s Global Research Center (GRC), developed additive applications across six GE businesses, created new services applications across the company, and earned 346 patents in powder metals used for the additive process.  
 
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ABOUT GE: 
GE (NYSE: GE) is the world’s Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. GE is organized around a global exchange of knowledge, the "GE Store," through which each business shares and accesses the same technology, markets, structure and intellect. Each invention further fuels innovation and application across our industrial sectors. With people, services, technology and scale, GE delivers better outcomes for customers by speaking the language of industry. 
 
GE Additive is part of GE, a leading digital industrial company transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. GE Additive offers a full line of metal additive manufacturing machines, materials and engineering solutions to customers in many industries including aerospace, medical, automotive and luxury goods. Visit GE Additive at www.geadditive.com  
 
In 2016, GE Additive acquired controlling ownership of Concept Laster GmbH of Germany and Arcan AB of Sweden, and is aggressively investing in their capabilities. Concept Laser, a pioneer in the field of metal additive manufacturing, designs and manufactures powder bed-based laser additive manufacturing machines. Arcam invented the electron beam melting machine for metal-based additive manufacturing.
 
GE Global Operation’s GENIUSLINK™ recently launched Fuse, GE’s new manufacturing business model.  Designed to accelerate product and technology development, Fuse marries digital crowdsourcing with prototyping and small batch manufacturing in micro-factories.  By bringing together customers, entrepreneurs, scientists, coders, engineers, students, corporations and more, Fuse delivers greater speed, design options and greater market validation than traditional product development techniques.  Fuse is manufacturing at a digital industrial pace. Visit GE Fuse at https://www.ge.com/about-us/geniuslink
 
About The Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit 
As the world’s first cross-industry forum, the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit is a global gathering for manufacturing minds. It is a voice and a venue for global manufacturing transformation. More than 1,200 delegates will attend, including world leaders, industry CEOs, policy-makers, specialist researchers and academics. The Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit will deliver (i) a voice for transformational ideas, (ii) a venue for the generation of new networks and cross-industry partnerships, (iii) a showcase for pilot projects arising from cross-industry research, and (iv) a post-event report with recommendations for action to be submitted to global stakeholders. It is planned that the Summit will be held in leading global cities every other year, with the inaugural Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit in Abu Dhabi in March 2017. See www.gmisummit.com. 
 
Global Agenda on the Future of Manufacturing
The conference will focus on the role of manufacturing in reconstructing the global economy and restoring global prosperity. Leaders from the public and private sectors, along with civil society representatives, will gather together to discuss global challenges facing the manufacturing sector. The discussions will focus around six themes: technology and innovation; global value chains; skills, employment and education; sustainability and environment; infrastructure; standards and stakeholder alignment. The participants will form working groups to identify concrete action plans and recommendations that outline potential solutions to global issues, as well as showcase best practices and case studies from across the world. To highlight an example of global issues, the inaugural conference will focus on the issue of economic migration with the aim of establishing a manufacturing platform that will bring together countries facing emigration or immigration challenges, with regional countries that seek to support economic reconstruction.  These countries will work together with manufacturers and the wider United Nations network on restoring global prosperity.
 
The Manufacturing Expo
Capitalising on the huge presence of the global manufacturing community under a single meeting venue, the Manufacturing Exhibition will offer space to corporations looking to showcase their products, services and latest innovations or technologies that can further contribute to promoting global economic development. The Manufacturing Expo consists of four components: an exhibition showcasing the manufacturing capabilities of the host country; international pavilions showcasing the manufacturing capabilities and economic incentives of each participating country; an innovation exhibition that demonstrates the latest fourth industrial revolution technologies; and an event for SMEs to present their products and solutions to potential customers.
 
The Global Value Chain Market:
The Global Value Chain Market (GVCM) is a business matchmaking platform dedicated to increasing regional and international partnerships and opportunities. The platform will provide networking and sourcing opportunities both online and onsite via pre-scheduled meetings with the vision of forging investment opportunities, commercial partnerships, and encouraging technological transfer and knowhow. The platform will enable countries to identify and meet global manufacturers to promote industrial development, and familiarise global manufacturers with targeted industrial activities in various countries. The GVCM will become a source of valuable information for global investments, providing insights on legislation and regulations, sovereign risk, political stability, and physical and logistical infrastructure.

GE to Bring World’s Most Advanced Gas Turbine Technology to CPV Fairview Energy Center in Pennsylvania

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GE to Bring World’s Most Advanced Gas Turbine Technology to CPV Fairview Energy Center in Pennsylvania

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  • Co-developers CPV, GE Energy Financial Services, and OGUSA arranged $700 million of senior debt financing for project
  • Expected to be one of most efficient combined-cycle plants in PA with 1,050 MW added to grid
SCHENECTADY, N.Y.—March 27, 2017—GE (NYSE: GE) today announced an order from Competitive Power Ventures (CPV) Fairview Energy Center for two 7HA gas turbines and an engineered equipment package to power a combined-cycle facility in Jackson Township, Pennsylvania. With the help of GE’s latest power generation technology, CPV Fairview is expected to add 1,050 MW to the grid, providing enough electricity to power the equivalent of more than 1 million average US homes upon commercial operation in 2020.

“We use GE’s cutting-edge technologies to provide the most environmentally responsible, highest performing and best economic solutions for our generating facilities,” said Gary Lambert, president and CEO of CPV. “The high efficiency of their turbines as well as the company’s strong technical and operational support is why we continue to purchase their turbines, and CPV Fairview Energy Center is the most recent example.”

CPV Fairview will utilize GE’s 7HA.02 gas turbines, a steam turbine, generators and additional controls equipment.  The HA is GE’s largest and most efficient gas turbine, and in June of 2016, GE was recognized for powering the world's most efficient combined-cycle power plant with its HA technology.  GE’s HA technology also offers industry-leading flexibility - capable of delivering full power to the grid in under 30 minutes – and provides cleaner, more reliable and sustainable power to customers.  CPV Fairview will be unlike any other similar plant as it will be fueled by a mix of natural gas and ethane.

“Our HA technology is more flexible and efficient than ever before, and it’s changing the way power is delivered around the world,” said Scott Strazik, chief commercial officer, Gas Power Systems at GE Power.  “We’re proud to once again team up with CPV and to bring this innovative technology to Pennsylvania where we will deliver what is expected to be one of the most efficient combined-cycle power plants in the state.”  

GE Energy Financial Services co-developed the CPV Fairview project and is an equity investor alongside CPV and OGUSA. Together the partners arranged $700 million of senior debt financing which will provide for construction, term, letters of credit, and working capital financing needs of the project.   CPV Fairview marks the fourth CPV developed power project using GE’s heavy duty gas turbines in the U.S. as the two companies continue their longstanding successful relationship. 

About GE

GE (NYSE: GE) is the world’s Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. GE is organized around a global exchange of knowledge, the "GE Store," through which each business shares and accesses the same technology, markets, structure and intellect. Each invention further fuels innovation and application across our industrial sectors. With people, services, technology and scale, GE delivers better outcomes for customers by speaking the language of industry. www.ge.com

About GE Power

GE Power is a world leader in power generation with deep domain expertise to help customers deliver electricity from a wide spectrum of fuel sources. We are transforming the electricity industry with the digital power plant, the world’s largest and most efficient gas turbine, full balance of plant, upgrade and service solutions as well as our data-leveraging software. Our innovative technologies and digital offerings help make power more affordable, reliable, accessible and sustainable.

For more information, visit the company's website at www.gepower.com. Follow GE Power on Twitter @GE_Power and on LinkedIn at GE Power.

About GE Energy Financial Services

A strategic GE Capital business, GE Energy Financial Services is a global energy investor that provides financial solutions that help meet the world's energy needs. Drawing on its technical know-how, financial strength and strong risk management, GE Energy Financial Services invests in long-lived and capital intensive projects and companies. The firm has 35+ years of experience managing energy assets through multiple economic cycles, and a global portfolio that spans conventional and renewable power, and oil and gas infrastructure projects. More information:  www.geenergyfinancialservices.com; Twitter: @GEEnergyFinServ

GE and Noble Corporation to Partner on the Digital Rig(SM) Solution, Aiming to Deliver Significant Operational Productivity Gains across the Fleet

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GE and Noble Corporation to Partner on the Digital Rig(SM) Solution, Aiming to Deliver Significant Operational Productivity Gains across the Fleet

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  • GE’s Marine Asset Performance Management Solution is Aimed at Delivering Noble Significant Opex Reductions across the Target Rigs
  • The Long-Term Partnership Will Initially Target Four Rigs for a Period of Five Years
  • This Innovative Shift to ‘Data-Driven Drilling’ Will Have a Transformative Impact on the Entire Drilling Ecosystem
PARIS—March 27, 2017—Today, GE (NYSE: GE) and Noble Corporation plc (NYSE: NE) jointly announced a partnership to collaborate on the Digital Rigsm solution, enabling data-driven operational efficiency by using data analytics, with the target of a 20 percent reduction in operational expenditure across the rigs.

Within the agreement, GE will initially deploy its latest marine Asset Performance Management (APM) system, powered by Predix*, on four of Noble’s drilling rigs. The partnership will allow data-driven operations intelligence to provide broad-ranging benefits for the selected assets on the program’s rigs:

  • Enhanced drilling process efficiency—Foresight visibility of equipment anomalies and drilling process deviations to reduce operational disruptions and enhance performance consistency. 
  • Shift to predictive maintenance—Redefine maintenance strategies with a focus on predictive maintenance to achieve long-term, sustainable opex reductions across the fleet.
  • Reduction of third-party service costs—Anytime, anywhere rig visibility and insights that leverage the one-to-many impact of shore-based experts to reduce third-party service costs.

“With shifting market dynamics, the offshore industry is on the cusp of change. Drilling contractors must seize the moment to enhance their competitive edge,” said David W. Williams, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Noble Corporation plc. “We believe the shift to data-driven decisions will have a significant effect on drilling efficiencies. It is imperative for our industry to embrace the digital revolution to stay efficient and nimble, and Noble is leading the way. We look forward to developing our Digital Rig solution with GE.”

“Sluggish oil price, market volatility and geopolitical complexity are shaking the offshore landscape. The industry is challenged with the increased pressure of cost reduction and need for productivity gains. The impending retirement of many experienced workers widens skills gaps and leads to further industry-wide uncertainties,” said Francesco Falco, chief commercial officer, GE Energy Connections’ Power Conversion. “GE’s innovative digital APM solution unlocks reductions in operational expenditure and enhances competitiveness even in the current down market environment.”

GE’s marine APM solution combines “digital twin” data models and advanced analytics to detect off-standard behavior—often a sign of potential failure or performance degradation—of target assets on the rigs. This can sometimes be detected weeks ahead and provides an early warning foresight to operators to mitigate a problem before it strikes.

As the system continues to learn, this ability to predict the future condition of rig-wide assets will also enable a shift from planned to predictive maintenance. Empowered by modern software-based analysis, maintenance is exercised only when there is evidence of need. Compared to planned maintenance, it avoids unnecessary maintenance as well as mitigates the risk of maintenance-induced problems, reducing unplanned downtime and creating significant cost savings. The partnership is targeting to deliver up to a 20 percent reduction in maintenance costs.

In addition, the ability to provide actual rig asset data to onshore experts globally provides unparalleled insights into asset health, allowing experts to remotely diagnose problems and advise on next steps from a central location, potentially reducing third-party service costs. It also helps optimize the offshore maintenance team’s manpower and structure, as engineers will be able to focus on the drilling activity, not fault finding unnecessary problems.

“It is time for the industry to rethink the drilling ecosystem. Offshore companies must adapt to industry disruptions by leveraging digital solutions to counteract the current downswing and for readiness to scale during a market upswing,” said Tim Schweikert, president & CEO, GE’s Marine Solutions. “Industry-wide collaboration underpins a solid digital future. Together, we are stronger and will get there faster. It is a privilege to partner with Noble, and we are looking forward to delivering the results enabled by the digital age.”

Watch a short video of GE and Noble’s partnership on their Digital Rig solution.

About Noble Corporation plc

Noble is a leading offshore drilling contractor for the oil and gas industry. The Company owns and operates one of the most modern, versatile and technically advanced fleets in the offshore drilling industry. Noble performs, through its subsidiaries, contract drilling services with a fleet of 28 offshore drilling units, consisting of 14 drillships and semisubmersibles and 14 jackups, focused largely on ultra-deepwater and high-specification jackup drilling opportunities in both established and emerging regions worldwide. Noble is a public limited company registered in England and Wales with company number 08354954 and registered office at Devonshire House, 1 Mayfair Place, London, W1J 8AJ England. Additional information on Noble is available at www.noblecorp.com.

About GE

GE (NYSE: GE) is the world’s Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. GE is organized around a global exchange of knowledge, the "GE Store," through which each business shares and accesses the same technology, markets, structure and intellect. Each invention further fuels innovation and application across our industrial sectors. With people, services, technology and scale, GE delivers better outcomes for customers by speaking the language of industry. To learn more, please visit www.ge.com.

About GE’s Marine Solutions

GE's Marine Solutions is dedicated to power and propulsion systems for customers in the workboat, merchant, offshore and naval industries. Through smart engineering coupled with software analytics, we provide customers with data-driven efficiency. Connecting the physical and digital worlds, GE helps power, propel, position and predict the marine industry for operational excellence. www.gemarinesolutions.com

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