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GE’s Industrial Solutions Challenge: Ergonomic Switch Design:


Industrial Solutions is global leader creating cleaner, smarter and more efficient electrical solutions for customers.


Optimization and electrical access is a global initiative—literally powering advancement and growth across societies, businesses and industries. Creating advanced technologies that safely, reliably and efficiently distribute, protect and control electricity is a primary catalyst of this development.


Electrical performance is the outcome of a complex interdependent and connected system. Even small power components—like a circuit breaker or its parts—play a critical role in providing safer, more reliable and more user-friendly electrical infrastructure solutions.


GE’s mission is to improve electrical distribution by finding and producing truly innovative and user-friendly electrical advancements and technologies.

NineSigma, representing the General Electric Company, seeks truly innovative designs for an attractive, user-friendly, ergonomic rotary handle accessory for its molded case circuit breaker. The handle serves two essential user interface functions – to operate the breaker and signal status to user.




Participants in this competition vie for five US$10,000 cash prizes and may have the opportunity to collaborate with GE to develop proposed solutions. You can view the entire Challenge summary by finding out More>>






General Electric manufactures molded case circuit (MCC) breakers for electrical applications and is investing in innovative new product development approaches designed to accelerate time to market and improve usability.


For a fresh, new, next-generation breaker design, General Electric seeks designs for an attractive and ergonomic rotary handle. The existing MCC breaker has a linear motion toggle with three positions: ON, OFF, and TRIP. Designs should address the interest of those users who prefer rotary switches instead of the linear toggle.


The new, user-friendly design must provide a mounted mechanism that converts between the linear motion of the toggle and the rotary motion of the handle. This conversion mechanism should also allow remote mounting the rotary handle at some distance from the MCC breaker and mounting the breaker for access through a door.



About the Challenge

General Electric will supply scale CAD files for base MCC breaker upon which to base your design.

Participants will create a design, complete the proposal template, and submit their design and proposal by July 15, 2014. The completed document will serve as an introduction to the respondent's design and expertise.


An internal team of GE representatives will evaluate all received proposals for technical merit, aesthetics, and economic viability. The team will select the five proposals whose submitters will each receive a US$10,000 cash prize. Find out More>>



See Official Rules for details by visiting here . Contest opens on April 15th, 2014. Must submit at least one entry by July 15th, 2014 to be eligible. Must be 18 years of age or older to participate. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited.






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