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Hyundai Motors' Production Efficiency Boost with Automation Software

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 Hyundai Motors' Production Efficiency Boost with Automation Software - IoT ONE Case Study
Technology Category
  • Analytics & Modeling - Real Time Analytics
Applicable Industries
  • Automotive
  • Equipment & Machinery
Applicable Functions
  • Quality Assurance
Use Cases
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Inventory Management
Services
  • Hardware Design & Engineering Services
  • System Integration
The Challenge
Hyundai Motor Corporation, a world-renowned car manufacturer, was facing challenges in managing their Additive Manufacturing (AM) production. The company had to schedule different build jobs, maintain an overview of all build statuses, and ensure efficient information flow among all stakeholders. Previously, they relied on Excel sheets to manage the RP production status, which required frequent manual updates and dissemination of information. Tracking the number of parts produced, savings, and other operational data required manually generated reports. Machine operators also had to invest significant work hours to manually manage the operating plan for each machine and adjust and communicate the planning as soon as changes occurred.
The Customer

Hyundai Motor Corporation

About The Customer
Hyundai Motor Corporation is a globally recognized car manufacturer that focuses on producing cars with superior performance and safety. The company relies on 3D printing to create new products in a fast and cost-effective manner, and experiment with designs with almost no design limitations or material waste. However, managing their Additive Manufacturing (AM) production was a challenge due to the need to schedule different build jobs, maintain an overview of all build statuses, and ensure efficient information flow among all stakeholders.
The Solution
Hyundai Motor Corporation adopted Materialise Streamics, a production management system that gathers all kinds of information (order info, machine info, part info etc.) and automatically updates the production status in real time. The system also extracts customized reports about production, sales, management, and quality. When the production schedule changes, managers and machine operators can easily adapt the planning in real time. The information is no longer spread across a web of mails, excel files, phone calls, and data sheets, but stored in one central database that connects data preparation, production, post-processing and management. Everyone can view the production planning and status of each machine, and the requestor is automatically informed by the system once a build is completed.
Operational Impact
  • The adoption of Materialise Streamics significantly improved the communication between everyone involved in the creation of the requested parts. The transition from manual work to a system that automates the RP management meant that employees could work more efficiently, the RP management saved time, and the customers received a better service. Hyundai Motor Company's use of Streamics not only facilitated their production management, but they also saw the benefits of automatic support generation. Before using Materialise e-Stage, they spent a lot of time generating support structures manually and had to invest more in post-processing to compensate for the bad surface quality after support removal. Now, the automatic support generation software generates support only where needed, saving material and reducing data preparation, build, and post-processing time.
Quantitative Benefit
  • Work hours reduced by 77%
  • Material savings of 13%
  • Data preparation time reduced by 94%

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