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3D SCANNING TECHNOLOGY HELPS SDI SLASH COSTS AND LEAD TIMES FOR MAJOR BEVERAGE COMPANY

When you’re one of the largest beverage and brewing companies in the world, and a filler gear fails on the line, time is money. SDI 3D-scanned the part, converted it to SolidWorks, researched the spur gear teeth, analyzed the plastic material, and produced engineered ‘prints’.

Ordering a gear replacement from the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) for a machine that could not function without the replacement was estimated to take up to 12 weeks, with a cost of over $12,000. Scanned data was used to duplicate the gear, including the gear tooth modifications, to ensure complete and accurate duplication.

In the end, SDI reduced the lead time to 4–5 weeks. Additionally, the cost to scan and ‘print’ the new gear was only $2,096— a near $10,000 savings over the OEM cost to replace the plastic spur gear!

This was truly a team effort. To deliver for this important client, we relied on our SDI-approved gear-cutting, bidding and costing partners. Everyone working together like a well-oiled machine made this success possible. SDI has re-engineered five other parts on this filler as well.

The success of those parts is what led to this client allowing SDI to re-engineer this extremely critical spur gear for them. Now, they fully trust the 3D scanners, thanks to SDI’s hard work and dedication to success.

Success Story

It takes a progressive manager to push the organization to look at indirect spend and managing it in a different way - but once you see it, then you realize the opportunity.

SDI at Work

In the third post in this series on MRO As-a-Service by Spend Matters, Pierre Mitchell and Michael Lamoureux talk about how managing MRO as a process delivers benefits from efficiency to effectiveness and beyond to an evolutionary phase. The next generation of value, MRO-as-a-Service, helps organizations build intelligent, agile, scalable and integrated supply chains (direct and indirect).

The project team has worked its way through Define, Measure, Analyze, and Improve. It’s time to begin the Control phase. The key stakeholders gather to evaluate the solution as implemented and create a plan to sustain the improvements. The goal is to standardize the improved processes, establish an audit schedule and schedule periodic follow-up to identify additional opportunities for improvement.