Entrants were asked to develop a new design for a central tube connector for the company's spiral-wound reverse osmosis membranes
GE announced the five winners of its latest innovation challenge to develop a new design for a central tube connector for its spiral-wound reverse osmosis (RO) membranes. The company was looking for a unique and original means of connection that eliminated components, reduced cost and improved efficiency, while also expediting the manufacturing process.
Specifically, the “GE Innovation Challenge: Innovative Central Tube Connections” asked for 3-D design ideas to simplify the spiral-wound RO membrane assemblies in pressure-driven, spiral-wound water filtration systems by identifying a novel means of connecting the component tubing.
The winners of the competition are:
- Tom Henninger, Ph.D., P.E., College of Engineering, University of Kentucky;
- Tom Goddu, Blazing Pencils LLC;
- Sandy Richardson, Design Edge;
- Paul Santarsiero, Siero Design; and
- Jan Bullemo, TNO.