ABB Turbocharge relies on Additive Industries’ MetalFAB1 to produce spare parts
ABB turbocharger has invested in Additive industries‘ MetalFAB1 platform to produce on demand spare parts for its turbochargers from 500 kW to 80+ MW for diesel and gas engines.
The MetalFAB1 is Additive Industries’ flagship metal 3D printing product and has been adopted by Airbus APWorks and Sauber F1. Together with Additive Industries, ABB is optimizing its spare parts manufacturing process to replace casting and move “parts manufacturing to the digital space”.
ABB has installed more than 200,000 turbochargers in the marine engine and standby power generation sectors. Typically, to ensure the availability of the thousands of different designs of turbocharger spares – which result in casting times of up to nine weeks – a large number of spares must be stocked in inventory. With the MetalFAB1, ABB would be able to significantly reduce spare parts lead times and therefore reduce inventory levels.
“With Additive Industries, we have found a partner who not only understands what it takes to use metal 3D printing in an industrial environment, but who also shares our passion for digital technologies in order to continuously improve the service to our customers. customers”, commented Egon Seegers. , General Manager Spare Parts of ABB Switzerland, Turbocharger.
“With ABB, we have added another market leader to our highly targeted list of customers,” added Additive Industries CEO Ian Howe. “They are committed to advancing the field of digital spare parts manufacturing, which is highly relevant in an era when reducing lead times and limiting logistics movements around the world are essential.”
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