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Janet Kar By Janet Kar • March 13, 2019

Link3D’s Additive MES Series Part 9: Data Collection & Acquisition

How would you like data to better serve your additive manufacturing operations? By using the 5Ws to question your data needs, we can now construct the best action plan for collecting data to power your 3D printing operations.




Why collect data? Data collection helps us better understand your additive manufacturing ROI. Using smart data correctly - helps your organization be more proactive, intelligent, and informed to make smart decisions.

When to collect data? From start to finish of each phase to provide real-time awareness and a historical overview of your full stream manufacturing processes.

Where to collect data? To tell the most accurate story for stakeholders, it’s increasingly important to capture data from order submission throughout your entire production lifecycle.

What data to collect? Consider your company’s key metrics and KPI’s to capture the data which offers the most value to drive productivity and enable more efficient operations.

How is the data collected? Data can be collected automatically through APIs, OPCUA connectivity with machines, 3rd party software that data can be pushed and/or pulled, or by manual entry.

For different use cases, Link3D’s system has a method to collect the right data to enable organizations to better understand and run their operations.


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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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