Increased efficiency in the ordering process of technical components through digital solutions

Published by Sellamawe Woldemariam and Tamara Tüchelmann on the 16th of April, 2018.

Executive Summary

The procurement of prototypes and small batches poses a major challenge for industrial companies. On-demand manufacturing makes it possible to design production networks flexibly and efficiently. The use of additive manufacturing, more commonly known as 3D printing, can also reduce the production time. The following blog post explains the technology and its benefits. KREATIZE and Metalshub can assist manufacturing companies in their digital transformation.

On-Demand Fertigung

On-demand manufacturing allows you to order technical components in less time, saving time and money. But how exactly does it work? The transmission of production-relevant information is made possible by standardized upload masks and the automatic transmission of encrypted CAD data. A feasibility study is conducted by a machine learning platform on the basis of historical data. A neural network accesses databases with information on the production of technical components in seconds and checks the feasibility of a request. The accuracy and reliability of the system increases with every further feasibility analysis. The price is calculated by using application programming interfaces. The material costs are determined via external databases, the process costs are determined by virtually simulating the production process. Interfaces to the suppliers’ ERP systems can be used to gather further information such as material stock and production capacities. All steps from your first inquiry to the final offer are completely automated.

Advantages

For suppliers:

  • Optimal utilization of production capacities
  • Concentration on core competences

For buyers:

  • Decrease in cost and time it takes to order
  • Flexibility and short-term ordering of complex components
  • Lower inventory and faster development cycles
  • Increased efficiency

The use of on-demand manufacturing platforms is particularly suitable when ordering time-critical components with few processing steps and small quantities – ie for single parts and small batches. Here, the speed and flexibility of the ordering process, even in times of demand fluctuations, enables lower inventory levels and faster development cycles. This makes the entire ordering process more efficient.

KREATIZE and Metalshub

The service provider KREATIZE pursues an on-demand manufacturing approach with its intelligent On-demand manufacturing platform. The processes offered are standard 3D printing with the materials plastic and metal as well as CNC machining (milling & turning, laser cutting, water jet cutting). Buyers can easily upload 3D CAD models to the platform, select specifications, delivery time, and materials, and receive an offer within 120 minutes. KREATIZE works with a network of qualified and selected manufacturing companies to produce the components. With KREATIZE, the customer has a single point of contact for the various processes and numerous suppliers and thus enjoys the advantages of a high-quality supplier base without the corresponding effort.

Metalshub helps manufacturing companies save time and money when purchasing metals. In the digital marketplace of Metalshub, buyers can start inquiries for metals, metal powders and ferroalloys. Metalshub offers a wide selection of international suppliers and a wide range of materials as well as credit insurance, logistics services and financing services. The ordering process is deliberately simple and intuitive. By digitizing the entire ordering process from inquiry to automation of contract creation, it is an important step towards Industry 4.0.

Increasing the efficiency of the ordering process by using the services of KREATIZE and Metalshub enables capacity to be freed up for areas such as research & development, which will be even more important in the future.

Looking for a fast and uncomplicated solution for the procurement of prototypes and small batches?

Then take a look at KREATIZE or upload your components in our inquiry tool and receive a non-binding offer in less than 120 minutes. Currently we offer classic processes such as milling, turning and laser cutting as well as all common 3D printing processes.

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