In 2019, aftermarket industries face many challenges. Multiple disruptors, including changing competition, digitization of channels, as well as increasing demands on quality and compliance, are forcing aftermarket industries to address these challenges using new approaches. , including 3D scanning technology.
Let's take a look at some of the benefits of 3D scanning for aftermarket industries.
As manufacturers continually innovate in their respective fields, aftermarket industries face a rapidly changing demand for new product development on parts and components. In addition, the lead times to get these parts and components to the market are getting shorter and shorter.
Many aftermarket vendors use 3D scanning technology to accelerate product development and prototyping. Working on new and complex parts and shapes, R&D teams use 3D scanners to digitize equipment from manufacturers, to create, modernize and optimize parts, to ensure their optimal fit the first time.
Often, aftermarket industries have to contend with outdated CAD files of existing parts (or no CAD files at all). This slows down the process of designing new or custom parts, but also prevents aftermarket suppliers from being able to sell these parts online or integrate them into manufacturers' ERP systems.
Using 3D scanning, engineers can quickly take all measurements of an existing product and recreate extremely accurate 3D models, which can be used later. The benefits of 3D scanning go even further: 3D scanning enables the reverse engineering of components from competitors, to enhance and expand current product portfolios.
Aftermarket industries need to align themselves with ever stricter and ever-changing standards, whether demanded by their customers or regulators.
Handheld 3D scanners allow R&D and quality control teams to perform inspections during the prototyping or production stages of a product lifecycle management process. In this way, sources of errors regarding the design or tooling steps of a part can be quickly identified and corrected, helping to avoid costly bottlenecks during mass production and product recalls. 3D scanners can also be used during the certification process of a product.
The benefits of 3D scanning will undoubtedly have a positive effect on the continued growth of aftermarket industries. 3D scanners are becoming an essential tool for any aftermarket supplier looking to improve product development, quality and long-term business success.
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