Fieldmade AS signs JIP with Equinor and Siemens Energy
In a major development for the O&G sector, the Norwegian start-up Fieldmade AS has signed the country’s first additive manufacturing (JIP) Joint Industry Project (JIP) contract with Equinor and Siemens Energy. The JIP will cover the development and implementation of a digital inventory ecosystem in the energy sector. This system will incorporate the benefits of on-demand 3D printing, with both end-user requirements and original equipment manufacturers (OEM) intellectual property protections.
Fieldmade AS CEO Christian Duun Norberg said, “Additive Manufacturing (AM) has now grown to the point where we can print most of the critical parts that energy end users like Equinor need. . As long as there is a digital file of a part, we can reproduce it. This reduces the need for large inventories of spare parts, increases the life of equipment at risk of becoming obsolete, and dramatically reduces the length of the supply chain and the potential duration of downtime.
“However, the most difficult part of this fundamental change in the way spare parts supply chains are managed is ensuring that the interests of all parties are protected. Companies like Equinor want parts quickly and reliably; OEMs like Siemens Energy want to ensure that their intellectual property is protected and that the quality of parts is guaranteed. What makes this project unique is that we were successful in bringing together OEM, manufacturing and end user perspectives. ”
The JIP will enable small batch on-demand production of spare parts and will be a proof of concept for the inclusion of more OEMs and end users.
Brede Lærum, Head of AM Strategy and Implementation at Equinor, said: “Equinor has been a driving force in the modernization and digitalization of the O&G aftermarket supply chain, but for real to take full advantage of this technology, we had to work with OEMs and manufacturers in mind. AM and digital part libraries will result in cost savings through smaller inventory volumes and reduced costs and risks of end-of-life and obsolescence.
“As Equinor moves to zero carbon and increases its presence in renewable energies, reducing the environmental impact of producing equipment and transporting parts through the supply chain will become increasingly important. ”
Norberg concluded: “The importance of this PIJ cannot be underestimated. AM and digitization are going, already are, in the process of profoundly changing the way all energy companies operate. Majors, subcontractors and OEMs need to see this as an opportunity rather than a threat, as the benefits and flexibility it offers are unprecedented. ”
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