Growth of Additive Manufacturing Due to Global Pandemic and its Effect on Supply Chain Management

2021 ◽  
Vol 11 (5) ◽  
pp. 149-156
Drumil Newaskar ◽  
Shubham Gandhi ◽  
Preet Aligave

Additive manufacturing is a revolutionary technology because of its ability to creates objects by adding material layer by layer rather than removing material from a block or by moulding procedure. Additive manufacturing has been around for more than three decades but still, traditional manufacturing is the dominant method for manufacturing. COVID-19 pandemic has been a torment globally and has brought distress and instability to the global economy. Due to this, the manufacturing sectors are badly affected. In this time of crisis, additive manufacturing has played a major role. This paper discusses the upsurge of Additive manufacturing due global COVID-19 pandemic and its worldwide impact on supply chain management.

2020 ◽  
Vol 12 (20) ◽  
pp. 8461
Luis Isasi-Sanchez ◽  
Jesus Morcillo-Bellido ◽  
Jose Ignacio Ortiz-Gonzalez ◽  
Alfonso Duran-Heras

Triple bottom line (3BL) approaches to sustainable supply chain management (SSCM) often involve trade-offs between their three dimensions (economic, environmental, and social), thus curtailing its application and leading to goal unalignment among stakeholders. Under some circumstances, however, synergic approaches (typically involving disruptive innovations) might allow simultaneous improvement in one or more dimensions without compromising the others. This paper analyzes one such case: the potential of properly designed additive manufacturing approaches in the automotive spare parts industry to simultaneously boost profits and reduce environmental impact. It is based on the systematic analysis of the real spare parts business of a mid-size automotive brand in Spain. Its results suggest that such synergic, self-reinforcing opportunities do indeed exist, and might even be further developed by strategically integrating sustainability constituents such as circularity.

2006 ◽  
Vol 532-533 ◽  
pp. 1064-1067
Xiao Yong Wu ◽  
Yu Hua Ni ◽  
Ying Kai Sun ◽  
Hui He

In the process of global economy development and competition, how to strengthen the cooperation of enterprises in the supply chain environment plays a very important role to the success of enterprises. As well known, the IT technology is one of the quite essential factors to provide quicker and more accurate information for the enterprises, and therefore enhance the enterprises’ operation efficiency. In order to adapt to the supply chain (SC) environment and support for other enterprises’ common development in SC, we have to develop more powerful and unified IT technology. What is elaborated in this paper is the framework of the information cooperation system which is SC oriented. It does not deny or overthrow the legacy applications of enterprises, but to put forward a framework based on the old applications in SC. It also unifies the Web Service and references the principles of VPN. We call it the framework of Virtual Private Supply Chain Management (VPSCM). The principle, the model and the use of VPSCM as well as some other related issues are going to be explained in this paper.

2010 ◽  
Vol 40-41 ◽  
pp. 566-569
Xue Kun Yang

There exists relationship of mutual benefit and interaction between informatization¬ and the traditional industrial upgrading. Penetration of information technology can promote sustainable development of traditional industry, so as to carry out industrial structure upgrading. We should transform traditional manufacturing of Yantai by informatization and build up the new industry system which has international competitiveness. The key is to strengthen system innovation, information technology innovation, and dominant industries informatization and supply chain management informatization.

Ardeshir Raihanian Mashhadi ◽  
Sara Behdad

Complexity has been one of the focal points of attention in the supply chain management domain, as it deteriorates the performance of the supply chain and makes controlling it problematic. The complexity of supply chains has been significantly increased over the past couple of decades. Meanwhile, Additive Manufacturing (AM) not only revolutionizes the way that the products are made, but also brings a paradigm shift to the whole production system. The influence of AM extends to product design and supply chain as well. The unique capabilities of AM suggest that this manufacturing method can significantly affect the supply chain complexity. More product complexity and demand heterogeneity, faster production cycles, higher levels of automation and shorter supply paths are among the features of additive manufacturing that can directly influence the supply chain complexity. Comparison of additive manufacturing supply chain complexity to its traditional counterpart requires a profound comprehension of the transformative effects of AM on the supply chain. This paper first extracts the possible effects of AM on the supply chain and then tries to connect these effects to the drivers of complexity under three main categories of 1) market, 2) manufacturing technology, and 3) supply, planning and infrastructure. Possible impacts of additive manufacturing adoption on the supply chain complexity have been studied using information theoretic measures. An Agent-based Simulation (ABS) model has been developed to study and compare two different supply chain configurations. The findings of this study suggest that the adoption of AM can decrease the supply chain complexity, particularly when product customization is considered.

2017 ◽  
Vol 6 (11) ◽  
G Mayagoitia ◽  
J. Cruz

Key words: Competitiveness, inventory, just in time, kan ban, lean manufacturing, supply chain management, word class manufacturingAbstract. The domestic, national, or international markets join with the customers demand to the companies, products or services, with excellent design, maximum quality, delivered on time and quantity, to the lowest cost; plus the feasibility to change the production plan and react to newrequirements almost immediately. The paper desire is to present an action plan to those that want to use productivity methods focus in the most important element of a global economy, the Inventory. The paper is composing for 2 primary elements: 1) review of the current literature of productivitymethods and 2) provide an analysis of those tools about their focus.Palabras claves: Manufactura de Clase Mundial, Manufactura Esbelta, Administración de la Cadena de Suministros, Justo a Tiempo, Kan Ban, Inventarios, CompetitividadResumen. En la actualidad los mercados nacionales o internacionales y los clientes exigen de las empresas, productos y/o servicios con excelente diseño, de la más alta calidad, entregados en tiempo y forma, a los más bajos costos, con la factibilidad de cualquier cambio en el plan de producción y agilidad para reaccionar de manera casi inmediata a las tendencias del mercado.El artículo pretende presentar una guía de acción a empresarios que deseen utilizar las diferentes herramientas de productividad, hacia el elemento que permitirá alcanzar las exigencias de una economía global cada vez más demandante, el Inventario. El artículo está compuesto de dos elementos principales: 1) Una revisión de la literatura existente de las herramientas de productividad enfocadas a los diferentes inventarios existentes en las organizaciones, y 2) Un análisis de las herramientas de productividad que nos permita vislumbra las áreas de afectación (diferencias) y los beneficios obtenidos (similitudes)

2016 ◽  
Vol 27 (7) ◽  
pp. 944-968 ◽  
Katrin Oettmeier ◽  
Erik Hofmann

Purpose The purpose of this paper is to provide a systematic analysis about the effects of additive manufacturing (AM) technology adoption on supply chain management (SCM) processes and SCM components in an engineer-to-order environment. Design/methodology/approach Based on two explorative case studies from the hearing systems industry, the impact of AM technology adoption on SCM processes and SCM components is investigated. General systems theory and the contingency approach serve as theoretical underpinning. Findings Not only the internal processes and management activities, e.g. in manufacturing and order fulfillment, of producers are affected by a changeover to AM, but also the SCM processes and components relating to the supply and demand side of a firm’s supply chain. Endogenous and AM technology-related factors are contingency factors that help to explain differing effects of AM technology adoption on SCM processes and SCM components. Research limitations/implications It is proposed that AM’s ability to economically build custom products provides the potential to alleviate the common dilemma between product variety and scale economies. Practical implications Manufacturing firms are encouraged to consider the potential effects of AM on SCM processes and SCM components when deciding whether to adopt AM technologies in the production of industrial parts. Originality/value The research adds to the widely unexplored effects that AM technology usage in customized parts production has on SCM processes and components. Moreover, the general lack of case studies analyzing the implications of AM technology adoption from a supply chain perspective is addressed. The resulting propositions may serve as a starting point for further research on the impact of AM in engineer-to-order supply chains.

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