Maximize Equipment Uptime with On-Demand Maintenance
A lack of 3D part assets remains one of the greatest barriers to fully realizing the benefits of predictive maintenance, an essential investment for industrial supply chain leaders.
Enabled by Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) advances, digital communications infrastructure, and sensor hardware technologies, predictive Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) systems are a bold leap forward, but the lack of digital 3D part assets remains one of the greatest barriers to meeting digital manufacturing and supply chain transformation goals.
In an upcoming webinar ZVerse, along with media partner, 3D Printing Business Media, and experts from Circular Supply Chain Network, BI Norwegian Business School, ExOne original equipment manufacturer (OEM), and the Additive Manufacturer Green Trade Association will be covering industry research, strategy, and solutions, along with networking opportunities on June 1, 2021.
In this discussion preview, we take a deep dive into specifics for supply chain leaders and give insight into the future of on-demand maintenance systems.
A recent report from the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals revealed that 93% of shippers and 98% of third-party logistics firms believe data-driven decision making is crucial to supply chain activities and 71% believe that big data improves quality and performance. Data management infrastructure across the supply chain industry has significantly improved, yet many companies still have legacy part engineering files stored in 2D PDF or paper documents.
The cost of not converting 2D to 3D is equipment down time or time-to-repair.
● Military.com recently reported that the US Coast Guard was forced to ground short-range search-and-rescue helicopters amid a struggle to find spare parts, leaving its fleet at 70% of potential scheduled hours — a situation that could worsen as hurricane season approaches.
● Critical parts shortages are not new. The Defense Systems Information Analysis Center found that deployed industrial equipment typically spends 29% of its usable life waiting to be repaired, pointing to on-demand digital manufacturing as a solution agent.
● Right to Repair laws also are changing the MRO landscape. New Massachusetts legislation requires truck and car manufacturers to make diagnostic and repair information available via wireless telematics, hailed as a victory for the after-market parts industry.
On-demand maintenance is needed to keep legacy equipment running, but requires preparation for digital manufacturing.
Digital manufacturing is a growing global service bureau network of agile, data-controlled machines that can produce on-demand a high-mix of parts, locally, at low volumes of 1–10,000. This is right in the repair part demand zone. Accenture notes that with a tailored, prescriptive, on-demand MRO program in place, asset lifetime can be extended by 20–30%. However, implementing a service or Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) program for legacy equipment involves a design and engineering effort to re-draw or reverse engineer 2D part illustrations as the foundational step in creating needed 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) digital manufacturing assets. This is a barrier to market success that is being streamlined with ZVerse solutions.
ZVerse’s 2D to 3D automation-assisted engineering technology can rapidly convert 2D part files into usable 3D assets for digital manufacturing.
PDFs or other image file types for 2D engineering drawings can be uploaded to ZVerse here to start a project quote.
An on-demand MRO program leveraging ZVerse 2D to 3D can:
● Maximize equipment up-time, extend lifetime, secure business operations, cut service program costs, and meet energy use efficiencies
● Achieve an average 35–50% reduction in project time to convert legacy part files for digital production and supply chain
● Contribute to UN Sustainable Development Goals, Right to Repair compliance, and Circular Economy business development opportunities
JOIN US June 1, 2021, along with expert supply chain leaders for a global webinar covering these topics and more.
You can register here.