Apr 01, 2015

GE Announces Water Industry Innovation Challenge Winners

Entrants were asked to develop a new design for a central tube connector for the company's spiral-wound reverse osmosis membranes

GE Innovation Challenge: Innovative Central Tube Connections reverse osmosis

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.

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