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Wednesday, May 22 2019 - 09:00
Heineken Spain Taps Ultimaker for 3D Printed Functional Parts and Tooling for Use on the Manufacturing Line
DETROIT, May 22, 2019 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

Ultimaker [], the global leader in desktop 3D 
printing, today announced that Heineken is using its solutions to produce a 
variety of custom tools and functional machine parts to aid in manufacturing at 
the company's brewery in Seville, Spain. Using a set of Ultimaker S5 printers, 
engineers at Heineken now design and print safety devices, tools and parts 
on-demand rather than outsourcing the job to external vendors, increasing 
production uptime and saving around 80% in production costs on the parts they 
3D print. 

"We're still in the first stages of 3D printing, but we've already seen a 
reduction of costs in the applications that we found by 70-90% and also a 
decrease of delivery time of these applications of 70-90%," said Isabelle 
Haenen, Global Supply Chain Procurement at Heineken. "Local manufacturing helps 
us a lot in increasing uptime, efficiency and output. We use 3D printing to 
optimize the manufacturing line, create safety and quality control tools, and 
create tools for our machines which that help us to reduce change over time. I 
think there will be even more purposes in the future."

The Sevilla brewery produces several brands of Heineken-owned beers, with 
production capacity of up to 500 million liters of beer per year. The engineers 
at Heineken have been utilizing 3D printing for about one year, first using the 
Ultimaker 2+ and now multiple Ultimaker S5 printers, a larger, enterprise-ready 
machine. The 3D printing technology was first used for safety applications, but 
the engineers quickly learned time and cost can be saved by printing custom 
optimized functional parts for machines on the manufacturing line. The variety 
of use cases now include: 

- Applications to increase the uptime of our production line – Heineken 3D 
prints functional parts for its machines. Printing the spare parts impacts 
costs as well as time availability of the parts. 
- Optimizing part designs – The team was able to replace various redesigned 
parts with an optimized design. For example, a metal part used with the quality 
sensor on the conveyor belt would often knock bottles over, creating a 
blockage, or eject good bottles onto the ground. The redesigned 3D printed part 
prevents this, saving bottles, cost, and time. 

- Tools for quality control and maintenance – Heineken has also created 
completely new tools that make it easier to perform maintenance or check the 
quality of products or machines. These tools help prevent machines from not 
working correctly or breaking down. 

- Solutions to increase operator safety – Employee safety has the highest 
priority within Heineken. In order to keep employees as safe as possible, 
Heineken has designed and implemented the use of parts and tools to prevent 
accidents. For example, improved locking mechanisms for machines so they cannot 
start to operate during maintenance.

"Every company has its own unique challenges in the production process, which 
is why the ability to create custom solutions straight from the factory floor 
is such a game-changer for the manufacturing industry," said Jos Burger, CEO of 
Ultimaker. "Heineken is a prime example of a company that's utilizing the 
Ultimaker S5 as an all-purpose manufacturing machine. We have enjoyed watching 
the use case evolve over the past year, from safety applications to the 
creation of fully functional parts for machines that lead to significant 
savings, and we cannot wait to see what they come up with next."  

For additional information on Heineken's use of Ultimaker and to watch the full 
case study video, please visit

About Ultimaker 

Since 2011, Ultimaker has built an open and easy-to-use solution of 3D 
printers, software, and materials that enable professional designers and 
engineers to innovate every day. Today, Ultimaker is the market leader in 
desktop 3D printing. From offices in the Netherlands, New York, Boston, and 
Singapore – plus production facilities in Europe and the US – its global team 
of over 400 employees work together to accelerate the world's transition to 
local, digital manufacturing.

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SOURCE: Ultimaker