HP: How 3D Printing is Building Resilience in Manufacturing
As the world begins to adjust to a new normal, organisations in industries worldwide are seeking ways to deal with the aftermath of COVID-19.
With manufacturers continuing to adopt 3D printing at scale in a bid to establish long-term resilience amidst unexpected challenges that threaten the supply chain, digitisation has never been more important.
Through HP Multi Jet Fusion Technology, it is hoped that pressure on supply chains will be eased as they localise production, produce parts on demand, eradicate inventory and benefit from shorter lead times.
Learn how HP Multi Jet Fusion Technology will help enable a real time response to unforeseen events, the ability to effectively adjust to new conditions and secure production reliability without compromising quality.
The webinar will outline how 3D printing helps mitigate supply chain disruptions and provide transformative benefits of Hybrid Manufacturing - an enhanced, one-stop process that mixes the strengths of digital and subtractive manufacturing technologies. The webinar will also offer real-world insights on how firms quickly pivoted to HP Multi Jet Fusion Technology to fill in supply chain gaps and examine megatrends that shape and impact digital manufacturing today and the future.
There is set to be a number of key speakers in attendance at the webinar, including Edward Davis, Director of 3D Strategy, Chief Technologists Office at HP. Davis’s presentation examines 3D printing’s use cases in manufacturing and oversees the product’s lifecycle. He is also set to focus on Bridge Manufacturing among many other key themes.
As part of HP’s partnership with Redington 3D in India, 12 categories of parts have been 3D printed to manufacture 10,000 ventilators for AgVa Healthcare. These ventilators are being deployed across India for the treatment of COVID-19 patients. Anshuman Dikshit, Designer Engineer at AgVa Healthcare, will discuss the importance of a resilient supply chain.
Other speakers include Leon Gairns, General Manager of GoProto ANZ, who will discuss Bridge Manufacturing and Optimised Part Assembly for Low Volume Production and Churia Prakash, Application Engineer & Expansion 3D Printing and Manufacturing at HP, on the benefits of HP Multi Jet Fusion Technology. Following the speakers’ presentations, there will be a Q&A session.
Why should you attend?
Key webinar takeaways
- An insight into how additive manufacturing helps mitigate supply chain disruptions.
- Learn the game-changing benefits of Hybrid Manufacturing – an enhanced, one-stop process that combines the strengths of digital and subtractive manufacturing technologies
- Real-world insights on how companies quickly pivoted to HP Multi Jet Fusion Technology to fill in supply chain gaps
- Megatrends that shape and impact digital manufacturing today and the future
Gartner: Leaders Lack Skilled Smart Manufacturing Workers
With organisations rapidly adopting industry 4.0 capabilities to increase productivity, efficiency, transparency, and quality as well as reduce cost, manufacturers “are under pressure to bring their workforce into the 21st century,” says Gartner.
While more connected factory workers are leveraging digital tools and data management techniques to improve decision accuracy, increase knowledge and lessen variability, 57% of manufacturing leaders feel that their organisations lack the skilled workers needed to support their smart manufacturing digitalisation plans.
“Our survey revealed that manufacturers are currently going through a difficult phase in their digitisation journey toward smart manufacturing,” said Simon Jacobson, Vice President analyst, Gartner Supply Chain practice.
“They accept that changing from a break-fix mentality and culture to a data-driven workforce is a must. However, intuition, efficiency and engagement cannot be sacrificed. New workers might be tech-savvy but lack access to best practices and know-how — and tenured workers might have the knowledge, but not the digital skills. A truly connected factory worker in a smart manufacturing environment needs both.”
Surveying 439 respondents from North America, Western Europe and APAC, Gartner found that “organisational complexity, integration and process reengineering are the most prevalent challenges for executing smart manufacturing initiatives.” Combined they represent “the largest change management obstacle [for manufacturers],” adds Gartner.
“It’s interesting to see that leadership commitment is frequently cited as not being a challenge. Across all respondents, 83% agree that their leadership understands and accepts the need to invest in smart manufacturing. However, it does not reflect whether or not the majority of leaders understand the magnitude of change in front of them – regarding technology, as well as talent,” added Jacobson.
Technology and People
While the value and opportunities smart manufacturing can provide an organisation is being recognised, introducing technology alone isn’t enough. Gartner emphasises the importance of evolving factory workers alongside the technology, ensuring that they are on board in order for the change to be successful.
“The most immediate action is for organisations to realize that this is more than digitisation. It requires synchronising activities for capability building, capability enablement and empowering people. Taking a ‘how to improve a day in the life’ approach will increase engagement, continuous learning and ultimately foster a pull-based approach that will attract tenured workers. They are the best points of contact to identify the best starting points for automation and the required data and digital tools for better decision-making,” said Jacobson.
Long term, “it is important to establish a data-driven culture in manufacturing operations that is rooted in governance and training - without stifling employee creativity and ingenuity,” concluded Gartner.