SOLIZE Corporation provides 3D printing engineering services for prototypes and end-use parts in the automotive industry. The company supplies parts to Toyota and Nissan Motor Corporations, bringing the benefits of Additive Manufacturing to the automotive industry in the form of reduced lead times, reduced material costs and greater production flexibility.
As a contract manufacturer, SOLIZE saw End-to-End traceability as a value adding feature for their manufacturing process. Their priorities included ensuring consistent quality of parts across different build jobs and enabling continuous improvement in their manufacturing workflow. Through application of the Additive Marking Suite (AMS) (Serializer, Trust Center and DPM Scan Pro technology), SOLIZE were able to bring numerous benefits to their workflow.
Machine-readable markings were integrated into SOLIZE’s components during the manufacturing process; from this point, every stage of the part’s manufacturing process could be documented and made digitally available. Through our marking solutions, SOLIZE has made significant strides in streamlining their workflow and increasing customer confidence.
Through use of the Serializer in conjunction with the DPM Scan Pro App, faulty components could be traced back to the original build job along with item-specific documentation about the component’s material composition, production location, etc.. The uniqueness of the component markings meant that faulty items could be easily tracked back to their batch, reducing downtime for product recalls.
SOLIZE were further able to optimise their workflow by integrating elements of the AMS into their MES: part-specific information inputted into the system, such as machine number, production status and other component-specific parameters supported dynamic routing and improved process efficiency, reducing production duration.
Overall, being able to manage quality down to the individual part level has allowed SOLIZE to better manage their liability and de-risk their production processes, benefitting both the company and their customers.