ERIKS Collaborates with Ultimaker to Scale Up 3D Printing Capacity for OEM and MRO Industries
Multi-product specialist supports customers through co-engineering and facilitates high industry standards to 3D print parts on demand.
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March 16, 2020
Ultimaker announces that ERIKS, a provider of technical components and services to all sections of industry worldwide, has scaled up the 3D printing production capacity for its original equipment manufacturer and maintenance, repair and operations customers. ERIKS equipped its production facilities in Alkmaar, The Netherlands, with multiple Ultimaker S5 Pro Bundles, to co-engineer with customers and offer them full support in identifying, designing and printing applications. A special Clean Manufacturing Facility offers EC1935/2004 manufacturing to customers of ERIKS in need for food-safe parts.
ERIKS has 7,500 skilled people working at more than 300 locations worldwide, serving industrial customers in 22 industries.
“We see enormous potential in 3D printing for industrial purposes,” says Sander Splinter, managing director at ERIKS Netherlands. “By combining our industry, product and application knowledge with the accessible and reliable 3D printing solutions from Ultimaker, we can fully support our customers in co-engineering parts with more speed and design freedom when using injection moulding.
“We are now gradually helping our customers to benefit from 3D printing, by advising them based on data analysis on which parts are suitable to print, but also through site-scans at their facilities,” adds Splinter. “Based on these visits we can co-engineer and print the identified applications on the Ultimaker S5 Pro Bundle, guaranteeing quality, reproducibility and reliability of the parts according to their specific industry standards.”
“For parts and tools used in environments in which food is produced, for instance, we developed the ERIKS' Clean Manufacturing Facility,” Job van de Sande, head of Technology Sealing & Polymer Technology at ERIKS, says. “This space is EC1935/2004 compliant for its manufacturing, has dedicated clean production areas and a large-scale ISO Class 6 cleanroom. In addition to the European food safe compliances, we are currently working on earning the same food-safe FDA compliances and certifications for 3D printing as well. This would enable us to 3D-print certified parts and tools that can be used in an atmosphere in which food is produced.”
“As shown in the 3D Printing Sentiment Index, only 35 percent of companies have adopted additive manufacturing, while in many industries worldwide margins are currently under high pressure,” says Jos Burger, CEO at Ultimaker. “Efficiency is key to bring a competitive edge and 3D printing plays a major role in this, as ERIKS experienced first-hand with achieving their impressive cost-and time savings.”
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.
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