The international master in desktop additive manufacturing, today stated that ERIKS, provider of technical pieces and services to all divisions of the sector globally, has advanced the additive manufacturing production capability for its MRO and OEM clients. ERIKS fitted its manufacturing offices in Alkmaar, The Netherlands, with several Ultimaker S5 Pro Bundles to co-build with clients and provide them complete support in recognizing, sketching and printing purposes.
A unique Clean Manufacturing Facility provides EC1935/2004 production to ERIKS clients who food-secure pieces. ERIKS has 7,500 skilled individuals working at over 300 locations across the world. They work with industrial clients in 22 varying sectors.
“We see enormous potential in 3D printing for industrial purposes. 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. In 2019, we managed to save over 350,000 euro only by implementing 3D printed production aids and eliminating safety hazards in our own facilities,” say the Managing Director at ERIKS Netherlands, Sander Splinter.
He also continued to add that they are now gradually assisting their clients to gain from additive manufacturing. This is by guiding them depending on data review on which pieces are fit to print. He also said they do it via site-scans at their offices.
“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,” he added.
“For parts and tools used in environments in which food is produced, for instance, we developed the ERIKS’ Clean Manufacturing Facility. 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,” Said the Head of Technology Sealing & Polymer Technology at ERIKS, Job van de Sande.
Also, the CEO of Ultimaker, Job Burger said that as displayed in the 3D Printing Sentiment Index, barely 35% of firms have embraced 3D printing. However, in several sectors, international margins are presently being pressured. Performance is a solution to bringing a contentious point and additive manufacturing serves a key role in this. This is as ERIKS experienced the immediate with obtaining their impressive time and cost savings.
“I am proud to see how ERIKS shares their industry-specific expertise and combines it with our reliable Ultimaker ecosystem. I am positive that this collaboration helps to accelerate the adoption of 3D printing and that together we will make the industry work better,” says Job Burger.