5 Ways You Can Use Data to Improve Your Additive Manufacturing Operations in 2018

In the run-up to the New Year, we’re summarizing our key learnings of 2017 into a quick checklist for your 2018 Additive Manufacturing IT endeavors. Taking these seriously will reduce your Total Cost of Ownership and make sure you are production ready.

Let’s start with the easiest:

 

Performance Measurement

The simplest initiative is to start measuring your Overall Equipment Efficiency, Failed Build levels or other Key Performance Indicators using data from your machines. With our Machine Analytics module, you can start today with an existing dashboard or incorporate the data into your own solutions.

 

Transparency

Many of you work in organizations that already operate many printers, though you might not know where they are, what they do and how often they do it. Using device data to track your assets and processes is the first step to creating a more transparent network and learning from your experience. Our Machine Analytics module includes a Gantt chart of all historical prints fed simply by data from machines.

 

Process Automation

To see immediate ROI from your data, start by identifying manual steps you could cut out with data: How can your sales team see when the printers are available? Can we alert customers or sales teams automatically if the print fails or once it goes into production? These and many other options are part of our MES solution.

 

Traceability

Additive production has many advantages over subtractive and other processes. Among them is your level of data access – let’s use it. Provide all required traceability documentation – and more – to your customers by extracting data from the machines and digitalizing process events. MES does this, and we’re augmenting it every day: We’re excited about announcements forthcoming in 2018.

Quality

This, of course, is the big one: Using all the data generated to draw conclusions about quality that could influence the incidence of testing. There’s still plenty of work to do, but it is never too late to start developing strategies to capture all that data in order to make the necessary abstractions.

 

Call us to discuss how we can help you optimize data to improve your additive manufacturing process in 2018. The industry has tremendous opportunities if we use it wisely.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Authentise Team!

Fully Integrated Additive Manufacturing ➰ – October Newsletter

Those of you actually printing and building things; you know that making it happen isn’t just about one process or a single step.

That’s why one of our priorities has been integrating with other systems so we can support people getting stuff done rather than opening up many different programs for each stage. So we’re proud this month to have made real progress on that.

First, our integration with EOS printers went into production, further extending the reach of our Machine Analytics tools. That lets you monitor the status, utilization, failure rate and more of your entire production or prototyping facility, not specific to a single Machine Provider, as we told you last month. More transparency leads to better decisions, whether it’s in resource allocation or processes.

Authentise 3Diax Machine Analytics Schedule can tell you what is printing, where.

Integrating doesn’t stop with machines. We’ve just pushed our first integration with other software tools into production too: From now on, we can grab files from Materialise StreamicsTM, process them, and send information back to StreamicsTM. Our specific client wanted to benchmark internal vs. service provider costs without sharing IP. So we deployed our geometric search module, our internal quoting module, our external quoting module and our dashboarding module to give him a real-time benchmarking tool to help defend capital expense decisions and more. But now that this integration is live, you can take advantage of it too.

Of course, we’re integrating into large legacy systems. Those integrations come with significant security protocols attached, so every time we do another client integration we get more secure. Last month’s clients are all among the Global 2,000 top companies – so you can rest assured that our security has been tested, and tested again and that our engineers know exactly what it takes to integrate with your existing legacy systems, such as Single Sign-Ons.


Next up: Many more integrations! We’re thinking Zapier next, which would allow you to integrate our Machine Analytics into over 700 programs including ZohoCMS, Salesforce, Quickbooks and more. What do you want to integrate with? Tell us in reply!

Of course, there are new features coming out too, and next month we have a particularly big release ready to go out. You’ll hear all about it, but we’re also interested in the features you’d like to see more of. Recently our client conversations have revolved around 3 main interest areas, where process automation would be critical: Material Batch Control, Quality Assurance/Traceability Reporting, and Multi-site Print Management. Are they the ones that interest you too?

As always, contact us anytime! We’re going to be at FormNext in November – so if you are too, please let us know and we’ll make sure to meet. Just reply to this mail.

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3Diax Machine Analytics Released at IMTS – September Newsletter

Welcome back to productivity folks – summer’s officially over. We kicked off the post-Labour day season with a flurry of announcements. As always, if you want to more than just a monthly newscast, sign up to our week-in-review or follow us on twitter! So, without further ado, our big announcement for those seeking total productivity after the summer lull:

Authentise Announces Machine Analytics for Additive Manufacturing 

Authentise 3Diax Machine Analytics Dashboard

First tool to automatically monitor active prints and identify Key Performance Indicators is a key step to moving the technology from lab to production.

Identifying what’s printing, where; automatically updating order status based on print status; easy detecting key KPI’s such as utilization or material use. All that is too hard today. 3Diax Machine Analytics makes it easy.

3Diax Machine Analytics Schedule
3Diax Machine Analytics Schedule

With 3Diax Machine Analytics, this sort of data is automatically captured to more quickly identify available resources, inefficient processes and serve as a foundation for further automation.

You can only improve what you can measure!

Press Release Mountain View, CA, September 12, 2016


Authentise & Additive Show Strong @ IMTS

Additive exploded at IMTS and even got its own part separate side conference & exhibition. The main question from the audience remained the same: How to get from the prototyping stage to the production stage.

Completely speaks to our slogan since our first days in 2013. Authentise 3Diax platform gets larger and larger and the modular open API concept allows companies to seamless exchange of information between the modules and current IT systems and machines to augment well established processes rather than replace them. Our open API acts as a glue in between your applications.

Click here for an overview of all open API modules on the 3Diax platform.


Engineering.com: Authentise Aims to Support Industrialization of Additive Manufacturing

3Diax is a software platform that incorporates 30 different modules dedicated to controlling, monitoring and analyzing manufacturing equipment in order to bring greater efficiency to the production process.

Full article at Engineering.com


Stop ‘wasteful’ processes! Digitize and automate operations – extend Lean to your additive manufacturing workflow with 3Diax’s modular software platform from Authentise. Continuos improvement to elevate efficiency and quality to a higher level. That how you outperform competition!

Schedule Demo here


Authentise on Tour

Our CEO, Andre Wegner, just came back from Dayton, Ohio, where he spoke at the inaugural Additive Manufacturing Industry Summit.

This month we’ll be in Banff, Canada, to speak at the Global Business Forum, and in London, UK. We’ll also be speaking at Singularity University in the Mountain View area. Of course, we always have a presence in Los Angeles and in Salt Lake City. So if you’re in the area – come on by!

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