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Manufacturing optimization by advanced technologies

Optimization of production processes and operations

Advanced manufacturing

Digital technologies have changed manufacturing processes radically. What we can see now seemed like a fantasy before. Today automation and smart machines allow optimizing working processes and ensure enhanced collaboration, better decision making, accurate results, increased productivity, and more. 

Modern trends such as artificial intelligence, additive manufacturing, cloud computing, and others opened a new page in production, known as “Industry 4.”.

CNC machining

Digital technologies have been critical in helping firms navigate the shift to remote and hybrid forms of work.

The benefits of the new technologies became obvious, especially after the start of Covid 2019. According to a report by The United Nations Industrial Development Organization, advanced digital transformation technologies have helped firms to strengthen resilience. UNIDO says: 

“Digital technologies have been critical in helping firms navigate the shift to remote and hybrid forms of work. They have also helped to maintain a consumer base and reach new consumers during an extremely challenging and uncertain period.”

As technologies continue to evolve, more transformations are expected to come. The adoption of advanced digital production (ADP) tools is increasing, and it is assumed that the global digital manufacturing market size will pass $1.3 trillion by 2030, growing at a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 16.5% from 2022 to 2030. In 2021, the market size was valued at $320 bln.

New realities in the Manufacturing industry

Smart manufacturing

Using advance manufacturing opportunities, manufacturers now can adapt, optimize their processes, and meet customer needs in the most efficient way.

The manufacturing revolution is here, changing the way products are created, modified, and distributed. Powered by increased automation, and smart tools it allows improved flexibility, connectivity, productivity, collaboration, and customization. Using these opportunities, manufacturers now can adapt, optimize their processes, and meet customer needs in the most efficient way. Today, customers are looking for more customization and personalization. In some cases they are involved in the process of creation, bringing their ideas into reality. 

The most common requirements from manufacturers by customers are

  • Uniqueness

Due to custom manufacturing, shoppers can get products made specially for them and based on their needs.

  • Speed

Having the needed product quickly is another thing that customers value. Custom manufacturing and modern techniques help reduce the time required for making a product as there is no need for large quantities.  

  • Quality 

Users always pay attention to the quality of a product they order. Delivering high-quality is essential for manufacturers to grow their customer base and be competitive.

How to meet customer requirements using the latest manufacturing technologies and innovative solutions?

Manufacturers today can create different types of customized products, and respond to market demands efficiently due to modern digital technologies, materials, and production methods. On-demand manufacturing includes collecting customer requirements and executing different machining and fabrication operations.

Mainly, manufacturers fabricate 3D objects using computer-aided design (CAD) software solutions. They take advantage of technologies like Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines, laser cutting, injection molding, and others. Advanced tools allow manufacturers to build models, make changes when necessary, and reuse them later. Among the latest innovations that help manufacturers to improve production processes are 3D printing, product modeling, data management, planning systems, etc. 

Why is custom manufacturing important? 

Custom manufacturing with CNC machining

Manufacturers offering customized products have more opportunities to ensure customer traffic and maximize their revenue.

We are witnessing mass customization today which is replacing traditional methods of production in certain ways. Personalized models are becoming more popular, as they allow customers to choose what products they want, what specifications they prefer, and when they need to receive their orders. Driven by demand and innovations, custom manufacturing is growing at a rapid pace. According to research by Deloitte, in some categories over 50% of customers expressed interest in buying personalized products and services. 

It has become essential for manufacturers to adopt digital technologies and optimize their processes to make the products that customers want and increase their productivity. The initial investments in reshaping operational models are usually returning tenfold. This happens as flexible manufacturing, made possible by 3D printing, and other technologies help transform supply chains fundamentally and reduce costs. Manufacturers offering customized products have more opportunities to ensure customer traffic and maximize their revenue. 

Benefits of customization for manufacturers

Integrating customization in production processes helps manufacturers keep pace with recent developments, offering new opportunities to innovate and grow. Here are some benefits of personalization: 

  • Reduced production volumes and costs 

According to custom manufacturing, products are built around the individual needs of customers. This approach allows manufacturers to create what customers want in the required qualities. As a result, production volumes are reduced and money is saved. 

  • Flexibility 

On-demand product creation allows manufacturers to offer high flexibility as they can manage changes and respond to customer needs fast and accurately. Among the key parts of flexible manufacturing are interconnected networks, and automation.  

  • Enhanced product development

Due to integrated technologies, custom manufacturing provides more agility to production processes. This method enables efficient communications between customers and manufacturers during which everyone makes certain that their goals will be achieved. 

  • Improved productivity 

While making personalized products manufacturers have a clear idea about the orders. This allows them to manage their workflow efficiently, get predictable results and improve productivity. 

  • Environmentally friendly 

In custom manufacturing, products are made on demand and in small qualities. This decreases waste and minimizes impact on the environment. 

Let’s optimize manufacturing operations

Assessing possibilities in the manufacturing industry, and aiming to offer effective solutions for more optimized processes, the BeeGraphy team developed a platform for 3D designers, custom manufacturers and customized product buyers. The BeeGraphy Platform is an all-in-one solution for customized products both for customers and manufacturers. 

Manufacturing optimization

Manufacturing optimization

The platform leverages Industry 4.0 technologies, which power quick and advanced operations. Using BeeGraphy, customers can choose which model and design they want, and place orders for customized products. Shoppers can change the parameters, including material, color, design, and other components according to their needs. Using the platform’s tools, manufacturers can complete orders and deliver them to customers in the shortest possible time. 

BeeGraphy helps designers and manufacturers optimize production processes greatly, and reach a high number of customers. As a result, they can achieve effective workflow, make fast changes, and meet customer demands easily.

Among the opportunities that the platform offers are: 

  • Creating various 3D parametric designs through BeeGraphy editor for free
  • Collaborating with others 

Designers can choose between the collaboration options and who can edit, comment, and view the work 

  • Selling parametric models to users 
  • Storing an unlimited number of created models due to cloud-based technologies
  • Buying models and adding them to product lines 

How is the BeeGraphy Editor different from other 3D design software? 

Being the first online 3D parametric design software, the BeeGraphy Editor offers innovative solutions and new possibilities for the improvement of production. Let’s take a look into the difference between the BeeGraphy Editor and offline design solutions. 

BeeGraphy Editor Offline Resources 
You can access through the internet You need to install the software 
Doesn’t require space on your device  Occupies space on your device 
You can make any changes from any device connected to the Internet You can make changes only from the device that has the editing software installed
Allows collaboration from anywhere  Mainly needs in-person meetings 
Customers can take part in product creation  Customers can only see the final results 

Join the BeeGraphy Platform today 

BeeGraphy has already attracted the attention of many designers, modelers, manufacturers, and customers due to its easy-to-use and effective solutions. 

Parametric/Algorithmic modeling software

In February 2022, BeeGraphy Corp released the first and most important component of the BeeGraphy Platform, BeeGraphy Editor – the world’s first online algorithmic modeling software with real-time collaboration.

Now you can also be a part of the platform, discover its possibilities, find unique models, or create designs by yourself. By participating in Beegraphy’s Survey for manufacturers (CNC machining & 3D printing) you can learn more about the platform and help the team to develop new tools based on manufacturing requirements. 

Register on the platform and follow us to be aware of the new functions and tools that BeeGraphy is going to introduce in the coming months. 

Anahit Avetisyan

Anahit Avetisyan is a content writer covering technology and design trends, affiliated with various tech magazines and corporate blogs.