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GE's 'brilliant' factory in Grove City puts new life in old engines

Before he worked at a “brilliant” factory, Bill Knight used a machine that weighed 35 to 40 pounds to tighten 16 bolts on the frame of a 41,000-pound diesel locomotive engine at GE Transportation’s Grove City plant. Mr. Knight was supposed to tighten each bolt in the proper sequence, much like a motorist has to tighten the lug nuts on a tire in the right order, to prevent vibration that can cause problems. There was no way Mr. Knight or his supervisors knew for sure if he did that. That all changed when GE decided to convert the Grove City plant, which refurbishes the diesel engines, into a “brilliant” factory, a technology-enabled plant where workers can work smarter, faster and more reliab

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