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GE to open drive train repair innovation lab

UNITED STATES: GE is to open a laboratory aimed at improving its processes for the repair of turbine drivetrains.

The lab will work on a number of GE turbine models
The lab will work on a number of GE turbine models

The Innovation Lab at GE's existing power generation repair centre in Albany, New York state, will develop innovations for repairs to gearboxes, generators and rotors.

In order to achieve this, the centre will be equipped with rapid prototyping tools such as 3D printers, robotic welding and advanced machining tools. These will be used with the aim of developing new technologies to apply to field service repairs.

It will work on the repair of various gearbox models within GE's range, the company said.

The manufacturer added that iit believes the facility will lower operations and maintenance costs for its customers.

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