3D printing helps maintenance in reducing downtime by increasing availability of replacement parts – in many cases at a lower cost.
3D Printing has begun to take its hold on manufacturing, and maintenance is one of the key areas of implementation. Through 3D printing, or Additive Manufacturing, businesses are seeing faster turnaround time, lower inventory costs, and greater flexibility in their parts and repair services.
Maintenance teams are always under pressure to deliver service quickly, efficiently, and at low cost. The major task of maintenance is to drive down unplanned downtime and, therefore, increase Overall Equipment Effectiveness. 3D printing helps maintenance in reducing downtime by increasing availability of replacement parts – in many cases at a lower cost. Technicians can create custom pieces on-demand to fit the needs of the operation.
With these benefits, many industries have begun to adopt 3D printing programs. Let’s examine how the companies at the forefront of their industries are using this innovative technology to improve their maintenance management efforts.