GE’s Brilliant Factory has won the Factory of the Year/Global Excellence in Operations (GEO)  Award in Europe’s “toughest” benchmarking competition for the manufacturing industry.

The plant provides intelligently networked factory manufactures Jenbacher gas engines and cogeneration plants.

Located in Jenbach, Austria, the plant has been recognized with the GEO Award as part of the Factory of the Year 2017 competition.

GE Jenbach FactoryThe competition is a benchmark for manufacturing companies and, according to the organizer, the toughest for the manufacturing industry in Europe. Reflecting the development of modern production systems that combine lean management with operational excellence, it has been conducted by consulting firm A.T. Kearney and trade journal “Produktion” since 1992.

The ‘Brilliant’ factory interweaves manufacturing, individual business processes and lean principles. Digital tools and a value stream analysis make processes for punctuality of delivery, quality and cost efficiency transparent along the entire value chain. Visualization using real-time data helps reduce the time spent on non-value adding actions.

“Winning the GEO Award category of the Factory of the Year competition is a great recognition for our work,” says Martin Mühlbacher, site leader for GE Power in Jenbach, Austria. “The award shows that we are moving in the right direction and are up with the latest trends, and it is a clear acknowledgement that we are doing many things right. The GEO Award motivates us to advance the Brilliant Factory concept and support our staff by furthering the digital transformation.”

Other key criteria for the award are ecological soundness, apprenticeship, professional development and energy balance programs. The Jenbach plant has a virtual energy center based on Predix*, GE’s IIoT platform that controls the heat and power supply of the cogeneration plant. In addition, the test benches supply ecological sound heat and power to the coating line and offices. The excess electricity is fed into the local grid.

Apprenticeship and professional development programs in Jenbach focus on digital transformation as cultural change. Based on this principle, up to 110 talented young people are trained in Jenbach every year.

Further information about the award can be found here: