GE and GEWAC, a joint venture between GE’s Power Conversion business and Wuhan Iron & Steel Group Ltd. (WISCO), signed an 11-year agreement to implement GE’s digital smelter solution for Henan Zhongfu Industrial Co. Ltd’s (Zhongfu) aluminum plant to increase smelting efficiency and enhance productivity. This technology, according to GE, is the first of its kind to be implemented in China.

GE’s scope consists of the deployment of the smelter digital twin to both Zhongfu’s potlines. A digital twin is a virtual replica of the physical assets based on rich profiles, data and analytics. In smelting, it can provide key intelligence on variables such as temperature and chemical reactions within the smelting pot not ordinarily monitored continuously.
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