Tuesday, June 25, 2019 – Interest in Additive Manufacturing is brewing in several industries, in particular when it comes to securing the supply of spare parts. On average, engineers waste 10-15% of their time trying to tackle spare parts supply issues, and companies tend to spend up to 10% of their budget on unnecessarily duplicated parts. Having an unreliable supply of spares is also one of the main causes of disruptions like equipment downtime. There’s a huge potential for supply chain optimization in this area.
DiManEx is proud to collaborate with VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Aalto University in a research project that seeks to increase the efficiency and speed at which spare parts are supplied, using 3D printing.
The initial research project, named Digital Spare Parts, was launched in January 2016. Its mission? To create a business case for digitization in the spare parts domain and analyze the current and future performance and competitiveness of parts manufactured using 3D printing. A total of 175 participants from dozens of companies participated in the project. Researchers performed interviews, surveys and part demonstrations, and provided workshops to assess the current state of digitization in the spare parts domain, the benefits of 3D printing adoption, and the impact of digital spare parts on operating models and systems.
DiManEx makes 3D Printing embedded in industrial supply chains accessible to manufacturing companies with a global footprint at a click of a button with a unique digital supply platform.
“With this project, we will help companies participating in the research reach their supply chain optimization potential. This will be done based on technical and supply chain data points, using the Supply Chain Inspector within our platform.” – Tibor van Melsem Kocsis, CEO at DiManEx.
Learn more about the research project and its findings here.