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Janet Kar By Janet Kar • March 4, 2019

Link3D’s Additive MES Series Part 6: Maintenance Management

How can maintenance management help minimize quality issues and waste from your industrial 3D printing production floor? What if you can reduce all forms of inefficiencies, reduce capital investments by maximizing the use of existing assets than acquiring new ones? Today, we’re going to talk about how “Maintenance Management” is a vital component of additive manufacturing execution systems.




By having a maintenance management solution integrated with your production scheduling system, it helps teams better manage expectations as to the resources available for production planning.


With that said, maintenance management should help organizations assess the ROI and service level of each machine and its manufacturer by tracking and analyzing the machine uptime and solutions used to fix the issue. This could include:

  • Machine failure and recovery date
  • Was our internal engineer able to fix it? Did we have to make a call to the machine manufacturer’s help center for remote service? Did we have to host a field service engineer to get our 3D printer running again?
  • What was the machine downtime reason
  • What was the solution used to fix the problem


By understanding the time and effort it took to get our 3D printers up and running again, tracking and tracing the solution based on the machine and the 3D printer manufacturer makes it easier for organizations to better understand the ROI per machine and the level of service they are receiving from their 3D printer suppliers.


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1. Operations & Detailed Sequencing

2. Resource Allocation & Status

3. Dispatching Production Unit

4. Performance Analysis

5. Maintenance Management

6. Process Management 

7. Quality Management 

8. Data Collection & Acquisition

9. Product Tracking & Genealogy

10. Labor Management 

11. Document Management


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