How additive manufacturing enables more sustainable end-user maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) strategies

Wessel Willems Wits, José Roberto Reyes Garcia, Juan Manuel Jauregui Becker

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Abstract

This paper projects how Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) strategies can be optimized to the specific needs of end-users using Additive Manufacturing (AM) technologies. AM can significantly reduce the design and production times for customized parts. This leads to key advantages for MRO strategies from the end-user perspective, as well as environmental and cost benefits. By enabling end-users to quickly adapt and manufacture spare parts themselves, the dependence on service providers, and parts and product manufacturers is disrupted. Therefore, end-users can better capitalize on their operational knowledge and experience. For MRO strategies, one standard process flow and four end-user optimized process flows are presented. All process flows are illustrated through an industrial case study example.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)693-698
Number of pages6
JournalProcedia CIRP
Volume40
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event13th Global Conference on Sustainable Manufacturing, GCSM 2015: Decoupling growth from resource use - Binh Duong, Viet Nam
Duration: 16 Sep 201518 Sep 2015
Conference number: 13

Keywords

  • IR-103302
  • METIS-321086
  • Additive manufacturing
  • 3D printing
  • Sustainable manufacturing
  • MRO strategies

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