The factory of tomorrow is made of advanced manufacturing machinery, to be sure, but increasing attention is given to the digitizing scene of industrial operations, and rightly so. 3D printing is giving businesses the possibility to store countless CAD models digitally to be manufactured on-demand, without the need for bulky and costly warehouses. The VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland suggests that around 5% of all industrial parts could be digitized, an opportunity for all businesses to obtain a competitive advantage. One such example is that of the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) which, partnered with Siemens, will keep its infrastructure running more efficiently and cost-effectively. Digitizing goes much deeper than databases: simulation and analytical technologies enable factories to get “digital twins” of their operations, enabling them to predict maintenance times and complete operational awareness.
VTT Suggests 5% Of All Spare Parts Could Be Digitally Stored For 3D Printing
The VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has completed research [that suggests] digitalization could create a “competitive advantage” for businesses. The reasons given include increased availability, cost savings, customisation and “part intelligence.” Around 5% of parts can currently be manufactured digitally, according to need, notes VTT project manager Sini Metsä-Kortelainen. “3D printing technology has reached the stage where high-quality manufacturing is possible.”
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Siemens To Bring 3D Printed Parts to Dubai Metro
To keep trains running, and passengers happy, the city’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has signed an MOU with the Middle Eastern branch of award-winning automation conglomerate Siemens. Speaking at the time of launch Abdul Mohsin Ibrahim Younes, CEO of RTA’s Rail Agency, explained, “The 3D printing technology would enable RTA to keep the Dubai metro assets in service longer while driving down the cost of parts and in turn passing this saving back to the customer.”
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IIoT Platform Creates A Digital Twin of F-35 Manufacturing Facilities
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics has licensed Ubisense Smart Space for deployment at its F-35 program at Fort Worth, TX, to improve manufacturing efficiency with a digital twin. Delivering new levels of visibility and control, SmartSpace provides a foundation platform for manufacturers’ Industry 4.0 strategy. Creating a real-time digital twin of the production environment, Ubisense’s technology connects activities in the real world to manufacturing execution and planning systems, making real-world processes involving moving assets visible and measurable.
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