Shaping the Future of Advanced Manufacturing with the World Economic Forum

As we announced last year, DiManEx is a proud member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Innovators Community. As a member, we contribute by sharing our knowledge and expertise in the area of supply chain optimization and additive manufacturing. Most recently, we contributed insights for Data Excellence: Transforming manufacturing and supply systems, a study conducted by the Forum and Boston Consulting Group (BCG). The study discusses 3 key ways manufacturing companies are unlocking value from data, listing examples from Airbus, Johnson & Johnson, and others. …


Many of us are experiencing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on several aspects of our lives. Personal health, relationships, work. In the supply chain space, we see more and more companies struggling to secure spare parts and components due to the disruptions caused. According to the Institute for Supply Chain Management (ISM), almost 75% of U.S. businesses have experienced supply chain disruption as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. 57% of respondents in the ISM study said they had experienced longer lead times for orders sourced from tier-1 suppliers in China. Yet, 44% don’t have a plan to address…


by Alexander Bours

Additive Manufacturing (AM) is gaining traction, especially in industries like automotive, aerospace and defense. According to the 2018 Wohlers Report, the AM industry — consisting of all AM products and services worldwide — grew by 21% in 2017. A few years back, when I first started working at DiManEx, it was still challenging for engineering and supply chain teams to get buy-in at the executive level. Today, there is a clearer understanding of the technology. Support for 3D printing prototypes is widespread. Yet, many organizations struggle to move beyond the experimentation phase. Change management is difficult and…


by Henk Jonker

With consumers becoming more eco-conscious and new waste reduction laws under consideration in the U.S. and Europe, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are looking at their environmental footprint. Many of them are building sustainability initiatives to stand out from the competition. Electrolux, for instance, has a sustainability plan that is an important part of their offering. They strive to enable consumers to save energy and resources with their products, while setting the same goals for themselves in their operational processes. Part of this initiative involves minimizing waste at manufacturing sites. …


by Tibor van Melsem Kocsis

Original Equipment Manufacturers, OEMs for short, are typically obliged to provide service parts for 10 years in the case of home appliances. This service lifetime can be even longer for other capital goods. OEMs often have an agreement with their suppliers to make these components available for this timeframe. But what happens when the term is nearing completion and the supplier decides to stop producing these items? Enter what’s known in the industry as a Last Time Buy. The Last Time Buy (LTB) is the supplier’s “last call” for a part or component. The final…


Interest in 3D printing is brewing in the transportation sector. Rail companies, in particular, are launching pilots to test the technology. The appeal? 3D printing allows for the production of components with complex shapes and parts that are no longer available through traditional means, at a much lower total cost of ownership. Printing parts on demand also prevents obsolesce, secures faster part availability and reduces waste.

Eurostar is among the innovative rail companies experimenting with 3D printing. The company offers a high-speed railway service connecting London with cities in Belgium, Paris and the Netherlands. They are known for setting high…


Honoring a Dutch history of supply chain innovation, the Dutch Ground Forces and the country’s main railway operator, NS, have started using 3D printing to optimize the supply of spare parts. Both organizations have been experimenting with Additive Manufacturing for some time. Their recently announced cooperation with DiManEx allows them to scale their use of the technology and effectively embed it into their workflow. Let’s look at some of the factors that drove their adoption and how both organizations have approached quality control and change management.

Dutch Railways car

Solving supply hurdles

According to a recent Volkskrant article, NS purchases over 30,000 different spare parts per…


by Tibor van Melsem Kocsis

Whether it’s trade tariffs hitting you with new costs, natural disasters halting operations or critical events impacting suppliers, supply chain professionals must embrace unpredictability as a given. Chaos is the new normal. Digital technologies like Additive Manufacturing can help you respond with agility when you’re faced with shifting business conditions.

Imagine this scenario. Disaster strikes and a crucial part for your manufacturing equipment is damaged. Your supplier has gone bust. Your engineering team scrambles to find a solution by re-designing the part to produce it with traditional machining. But by the time they have a…


by Tibor van Melsem Kocsis

Since we founded DiManEx a few years ago, I’ve spoken to hundreds of supply chain leaders who struggle with a common question: how can we use our data to predict demand for spare and legacy parts? The question is ever more pressing for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and service organizations, which are often required by law to keep a supply of spare parts and combat product obsolescence at the same time. This undoubtedly makes complete sense from a customer service and environmental point of view. But does it make sense to try to predict demand…


by Henk Jonker

Quality control

3D printing spare parts can contribute significantly to supply chain optimization. So far, companies that are adopting 3D printing for spares are doing so at small scales. This is due to a number of things, including a perceived lack of technological maturity, poor standardization and lack of expertise. Perhaps the most important barrier is the qualification of AM-produced parts. In fact, many characterize quality assurance (QA) as the single biggest hurdle preventing the widespread adoption of AM technology.

How can you ensure that you can repeatedly produce parts according to spec anywhere in the world? At DiManEx

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