HP Singapore’s new smart manufacturing research centre is going to up productivity by a fifth with smart processes and lead the digitisation of its entire value chain towards adopting Industry 4.0 technologies.
Traditional manufacturing systems face a constant dilemma. They excel in either one of two things: efficiency or flexibility. A factory can produce the same thing repeatedly and find the most resource-efficient way to do it. Or it can produce a highly-customised product using a flexible manufacturing process, but at significantly lower efficiencies.
But the world is changing. According to Manufacturing Ecosystems, a 2017 report by Accenture Strategy, consumers of the 21st century have increasingly demanding expectations, desiring “more frequent product launches” and “extreme personalisation” from businesses. In other words, they are no longer willing to choose between efficiency and flexibility. Companies at the forefront of manufacturing innovation must develop smart processes that transition from mass production to mass customisation to respond to the needs of this new generation.
HP’s manufacturing solutions are leading this new era in manufacturing. Its Jet Fusion 3D printer gives precise control over the production of manufactured parts, all the way down to the voxel level (3D pixel), and is especially useful when quickly creating cost-efficient prototypes, or samples, of designs in small quantities. According to HP’s own internal tests, superior quality, customisable physical parts can be produced at up to 10 times the speed and half the cost. Global titans like Nike, BMW, Jabil and Johnson & Johnson are just some of the companies that are already users of this platform.