Top 10 digital factories: HP
"We’re on the cusp of the 4th Industrial Revolution, where physical and digital technologies will radically alter how companies conceive, design, produce, distribute and repair nearly everything. This paradigm shift is expected to completely disrupt the global manufacturing industry by digitizing entire supply chains and production processes," says Paul Benning, HP Senior Fellow & Chief Technologist, 3D Printing & Digital Manufacturing, HP Inc.
As industry 4.0 drives innovation and new technological breakthroughs, the manufacturing industry has begun to blend the physical and digital world, adopting the likes of 3D printing, the internet of things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics, to disrupt and reinvent every aspect of the industry.
Additive manufacturing - 3D printing
With the arrival of additive manufacturing (3D printing) the ability to produce parts and products can be designed, prototyped and manufactured in a fraction of the time that it previously took conventional methods. As a result redundancy and large volumes of unused inventory will be replaced with new efficiencies and just-in-time manufacturing.
HP explains that with an increased focus on hyper global and hyper local, digital manufacturing will enable product design and build files to be sent anywhere, ultimately bringing the industry closer to its consumers.
By harnessing 3D printing manufacturers will see an acceleration of their product delivery, a reduction in their carbon footprint, simplified logistics and simplified inventory management, due to products being produced based on consumer demand, which can be easily customised.
Ultimately digital manufacturing has the potential to level the playing field for both startups and established companies by taking advantage of simpler design tools, real-time production, prototyping and delivery.
With many years of experience under its belt, HP’s aims to apply its technology expertise and a deep understanding of industrial production, to lead the digital transformation in print manufacturing across verticals like publishing, marketing and packaging with innovations like the HP Indigo and PageWide digital presses. “HP is combining its rich history of inkjet printing, complex chemistry, electronics, fluidics and scalable manufacturing, to help usher in this new era. Applying the company’s deep expertise in commercial print speed, efficiencies, go-to-market, service, and support to now transform manufacturing,” details Nigro and Schiller.
To drive this transformation within the industry, HP has been in collaboration with other leading manufacturers, material suppliers, service bureaus and design software firms in an open environment.
HP and its partners
To elevate 3D printing from prototype to full production, HP has been in partnership with Siemens, leveraging its additive manufacturing offerings and end-to-end design to production technology suite to unlock the power of HP’s Multi Jet Fusion technology.
“We are proud to partner with Siemens to make high-performance parts, personalized products, and serialized 3D production a reality for our customers,” said Christoph Schell, President of 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing and member of the Executive Leadership Team at HP Inc. “HP and Siemens share the vision that digital manufacturing systems are catalysts for change – expanded software, data, services, and industrial production solutions that lead to new manufacturing capabilities, innovative applications, and breakthrough business results for our customers," comments Christoph Schell, President of 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing and member of the Executive Leadership Team at HP Inc.
One of the first customers of HP’s Jet Fusion 3D printing solution, Jabil Circuit is a global manufacturing services company with 90 facilities in 23 countries.
“For us, what’s powerful is the ability to produce quality parts with consistency, a high level of mechanical integrity and at speeds that allow us to define a break-even point for traditionally made parts using the HP platform,” stated John Dulchinos, VP of Global Automation and 3D Printing at Jabil. “We can get parts that can start to rival injection molding performance parameters with a cost model that can be competitive with molding parts,” Dulchinos added.
Developing a partner-driven open materials marketplace and ecosystem is a key component for HP’s 3D printing strategy to revolutionise the industry with digital technology. HP’s Multi Jet Fusion Open Platform and Partner First 3D Printing Specialization program aims to remove the barriers facing the industry to drive this transformation.
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Lion Electric to Construct US EV Manufacturing Facility
Who is Lion Electric?
Founded in 2008, is an innovative manufacturer of all-electric, zero-emissions, medium and heavy-duty urban vehicles. Lion Electric designs, manufactures, and assembles all components for its vehicles that have unique features specifically adapted to the users and their needs. “We believe that transitioning to all-electric vehicles will lead to major improvements in our society, environment and overall quality of life,” believes Lion Electric.
Lion Electric’s new Illinois Manufacturing Facility
Just two months after announcing plans to construct a battery manufacturing plant and innovation centre in Quebec, Lion Electric is expanding its locations further, selecting Joliet, Illinois for its new manufacturing facility in the US.
The new facility is said to “represent the largest dedicated production site for zero-emission medium and heavy-duty vehicles in the US,” as well as being the company’s biggest footprint in the market. The new facility will give Lion Electric the capacity to meet increasing demand for ‘Made in America’ zero-emission vehicles and bring production closer to customers.
It is expected that the first vehicles off the production line will be in the second half of 2022.
“Lion’s historic investment to bring its largest production facility to Illinois represents not only a win for our communities, but a strong step forward in our work to expand clean energy alternatives and the jobs they bring to our communities,” said Gov. J.B. Pritzker.
“The new Joliet facility will put Illinois at the forefront of a national movement to transition to zero-emission vehicle use, advancing our own goals of putting one million of these cars on the road by 2030. In Illinois, we know that a clean energy economy is about more than just vehicles – it’s about healthier communities and jobs for those who live there. We are excited to welcome Lion to the Land of Lincoln and look forward to their future success here.”
Lion Electric’s Agreement with the Government of Illinois
Over the next three years, Lion Electric will invest a minimum of US$70mn into Illinois. The new facility - totalling 900,000 square feet - is expected to create a minimum of 745 clean energy direct jobs in the next three years, and have an annual production capacity of up to 20,000 all electric buses and trucks.
Scaling electric bus production and decarbonising freight and transportation
As the US moves to electrifying its school buses, the additional production capacity at the facility will help Lion Electric to scale its electric bus production, as well as produce an increased volume of heavy-duty zero-emission trucks to help governments and operators in the US further the decarbonisation of freight and transportation fleets.
“Lion is the leader in electric school buses and has always been dedicated to the U.S. market, and our commitment to be close to our customers is one of the core values we have as a company. This significant expansion into the U.S. market will not only allow us to drastically increase our overall manufacturing capacity of electric trucks and buses but to also better serve our customers, while adding critical clean manufacturing jobs that will form the backbone of the green economy,” said Marc Bedard, CEO and Founder of Lion.
“I also want to acknowledge the crucial role that P33 and Intersect Illinois, civic groups committed to developing developing a long-term roadmap for the local tech industry, played in connecting Lion with the Chicago area’s business and civic community to help further commercial traction, as well as engagement with key workforce and supplier partners.”