Quickparts, Seattle, Washington, USA, has partnered with Materialise, Leuven, Belgium, to leverage its CO-AM platform to manage its distributed manufacturing flows. The platform will support both Quickparts’ traditional and Additive Manufacturing capacities, and will connect to existing production systems.
“Adopting CO-AM within Quickparts’ manufacturing operations will enable us to streamline our distributed global production facilities and modernise our capabilities with efficiency so we are able to achieve the fastest lead times in the industry,” stated Ziad Abou, CEO of Quickparts. “Once CO-AM is integrated, we can process orders faster, which allows us to improve our cost structure through fleet optimisation and machine utilisation. It gives us, and our customers, traceability to every part along the manufacturing process so we can realise the highest quality standard with all of our parts.”
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Quickparts runs seven global design and production centres across North America and Europe. Its distributed manufacturing network required a software solution capable of connecting all sites and integrating traditional and Additive Manufacturing technologies. Quickparts began the CO-AM implementation at it its locations in Seattle and Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, at the end of last year and intends to extend the platform to additional locations in the second quarter of 2023.
Quickparts will use CO-AM to streamline their order-to-cash operations, automate processes and securely manage production across distribution manufacturing sites. This, in turn, should allow the company to collect and access production data, monitor and improve workflows, and achieve an efficiency level that will help customers save time and money.
Increasingly, Quickparts’ customers from the aerospace, automotive, consumer, medical and energy industries are turning to Additive Manufacturing to evolve their respective industries and solve supply chain issues, whilst still expect good quality and short lead times. The integration of CO-AM is expected to help Quickparts successfully scale its AM operations with an open ecosystem that connects to a wide range of technologies and integrates with its existing production infrastructures.
“The open architecture of CO-AM enables manufacturers to work with their preferred tools, giving them the flexibility to build a process that is tailored to their business,” said Bart Van der Schueren, CTO of Materialise. “We look forward to our collaboration with Quickparts to create and grow their software solution for high-quality, on-demand manufacturing through CO-AM.”