Oqton, Ghent, Belgium, has entered into a partnership with Software as a Service (SaaS) provider DigiFabster, headquartered in Pasadena, California, USA, to deliver an e-commerce enabling solution. Combining Oqton’s manufacturing operating capabilities with DigiFabster’s instant quoting, e-commerce interface and billing functions is hoped to lead to a complete solution to help manufacturers automate their entire production workflow, including additive and subtractive technologies.
Precision-engineered parts are often expensive to manufacture and purchase. As a result, these parts are not often kept in inventory, but are produced on demand when needed. Companies frequently have strict requirements, including obtaining multiple quotes for review and approval – along with balancing the lowest possible price and shortest lead times with high production standards. The manufacturers of these parts are then expected to manage their production capacities with complex intertwined dynamics, including accounting for material management and machine time, factoring in experts’ working hours to run the systems, and certifications for defined quality-assurance schemas. The partnership between Oqton and DigiFabster overcomes all of these challenges by delivering an integrated, purpose-built order, payment, and production automation solution for manufacturers, and a convenient purchasing experience for buyers.
“E-commerce continues to be a disruptive force — transforming consumer behaviour and our expectations for easy-to-use services,” stated Dr Ben Schrauwen, SVP & General Manager, Oqton. “We saw a real opportunity to bring together Oqton’s advanced manufacturing capabilities with DigiFabster’s e-commerce solution to transform the entire process. Through the combination of a convenient, modern frontend experience with streamlined backend processes such as digital inventory management, and automated fulfilment and logistics, we’ve automated the entire production workflow to provide a more efficient experience for manufacturers and purchasers.”
DigiFabster is a complete e-commerce and quoting automation solution that is designed for quick custom implementation and ease of use. The insights gained from this process are hoped to offer customers to make reliable predictions and measurable optimisation. Manufacturers who make use of this solution can be up and running within a few hours.
According to Kason Knight, owner and chief engineer at I-Solids, which is a DigiFabster user, “So far, the time we spend on generating estimates has decreased by about 30%. We’re also seeing a 200% monthly return on our investment. Most of that is derived from a reduction in labour costs and an improvement in quality control.”
“We believe all manufacturing shops should have access to software that is both quick to implement and makes a significant impact on day-to-day shop operations,” said Konstantin Ivanov, CEO, DigiFabster. “Our partnership with Oqton provides manufacturing companies with an integrated solution that unlocks the power of e-commerce sales along with providing the critical data to automate the complete production process.”