Hexagon, Authentise end-to-end software platform streamlines AM workflow
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Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division (North Kingstown, R.I., U.S.) and Authentise (Philadelphia, Pa., U.S.), a Manufacturing Execution System (MES) provider specializing in additive manufacturing (AM), have partnered to deliver a solution that connects the end-to-end 3D printing value chain from design, manufacturing operations and quality assurance to make AM more predictable, repeatable and traceable. Further, according to the company, as an AM workflow solution, it will generally cover all materials and processes, which has the potential to include composites.
New solutions delivered through this partnership will apply statistical process control (SPC) with machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) methods to mitigate waste and quality issues during the design phase and improve the repeatability of AM processes within a site or between global locations.
This will be achieved by digitizing every step of the workflow, from part design, through production to the final product. Further, quality assurance will be offered, and will apply both company’s technology capabilities to connect the digital thread of a part and trace its pedigree. All of this is made possible by a shared commitment to open architectures that integrate data and automate workflows between Hexagon’s best-of-breed applications for AM and the third-party equipment and software manufacturers that are chosen. Ultimately, this solution will reportedly industrialize AM technology.
According to Mathieu Pérennou, global business development director of additive manufacturing, Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division, AM is a complex and changing market with many tools, printers and materials that can be applied. Hexagon believes its open and flexible systems will enable the company to respond quickly to customers’ needs and integrate with their unique environments. This will reportedly connect the data flow and help streamline end users’ workflows in all stages of the AM process, before, during and after production, and support their specific standards or compliance needs
Authentise’ CEO Andre Wegner, CEO, Authentise notes that ntegrating data from Hexagon’s best-of-breed software and sensors into Authentise’ workflow management engine will help deliver a seamless experience for users, automation across their process and unlocks the ability to learn from data.
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