By automating process steps, additive manufacturing can be integrated into industrial value chains. The Institut für Integrierte Produktion Hannover (IPH) gGmbH has been designing a process chain linking 3d printers and mounting stations automatically.
additive manufacturing, 3D printing
For companies it is challenging to identify application scenarios for Industry 4.0 as well as to use the associated potential. This article describes a strategy, which includes methodical and knowledge-based guidelines for decisions, to increase the likelihood of beneficial industry 4.0 transformations.
industry 4.0, strategy, production system
The use of 3D printing techniques gives manufacturing companies the opportunity to implement new production processes and to unlock economic potentials. In this article a research project is presented, which aims to analyse the use of build-operate-transfer models with 3D printers. Thereto an evaluation and implementation tool for build-operate-transfer models is being designed, which considers the perceptions of the suppliers and the costumers.
3D printer, build-operate-transfer models, production organization, profitability, production logist