“We have long sought to use our experience in the additive sector to fuel digital manufacturing as a whole. The additive has key advantages that make it a fertile sandbox, such as more data, less legacy, and a focus on lot size 1. That ability to manage agile operations is increasingly in demand as the world moves to address recent supply chain failures. That is why we’ve chosen this point to release Flows and FlowsAM,” said Andre Wegner, CEO of Authentise.
“Since I joined the team 8 months ago it’s become increasingly clear that Authentise has a ‘special sauce’ when it comes to handling production operations that require a high degree of flexibility,” said, Keith Perrin, VP of Agile Manufacturing at Authentise.
What makes this workflow management suite different from others?
Flows is the result of a decade of experience developing data-driven solutions for the world’s most agile operations at companies such as Boeing, Danfoss, and Ricoh. According to Boeing’s time studies, the system saves up to 94% of the time and provides a 3x ROI in 8 months.
Flows, previously known as the advanced Manufacturing Execution System (“aMES”), includes tools beyond the functionalities of a traditional Manufacturing Execution System, such as real-time quoting, machine-data-driven status updates, material genealogy, supplier management, and more. These characteristics are already being utilized to manage post-processing operations such as heat treatment, machining, and others. Authentise announced the general availability of FlowsAM for operations primarily focused on additive manufacturing, as well as Flows for those that are not.
“I know from experience that this is a big gap in the market, now more than ever. Authentise’s ability to integrate machine data, 3rd party software tools, and human operations, into a contextual process is critical to meeting that need. The success we’ve seen with some of the world’s most advanced agile engineering operations speak for itself. I’m excited to bring this capability to other enterprises looking to deliver more flexible engineering, production, and supply chains,” added the VP of Agile Manufacturing at Authentise.
Authentise FlowsAM is now available, and Flows will be available in 2023. An early adopter program is now accessible for customers who want to drive agile operations into their engineering and manufacturing operations and achieve near triple-digit productivity gains.
Additive manufacturing made easier with workflow management
Previously, MakerOS, a software developer, made its comprehensive 3D printing business management software available for free. To “democratize product development,” the company made it significantly easier for engineers, designers, and digital manufacturing SMEs to emerge in a crowded market. Larger enterprises can also use an extra set of paid premium services if necessary.
Furthermore, the company offers a fully integrated software platform that combines the tools required by 3D printing businesses to manage their day-to-day operations. Whereas clients use the MakerOS software as an online hub to interact with the 3D printing company in question; the software promotes cooperation in this regard. Since its inception in 2015, a number of businesses have benefited from employing the MakerOS web-based software to streamline client workflows and boost profits. Clients have included solo entrepreneurs just starting out in the 3D printing industry, SMEs with a handful of machines, and finally large innovation labs and makerspaces.
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Feature image shows Flows and FlowsAm workflow management suite. Image via Authentise.