With over 40 years’ industry experience, Bowman International is one of the leading manufacturers of bearings and sintered components. As part of its move to further expand its ever-growing production capacity, the company recently launched its additive manufacturing division — Bowman Additive Production. The division is dedicated to end-part production of bearings and components using additive manufacturing technology. But how has implementing AMFG’s automation software helped Bowman streamline its AM production processes?
The bearings market is facing a rising demand for additive manufacturing. The technology offers a cost-efficient way to produce complex end-use parts, enabling the manufacture of products that would otherwise be impossible using traditional manufacturing methods. Bowman, with its state-of-the-art SLS and HP 3D printing systems, uses additive manufacturing to produce bearing production parts and prototypes.
However, after launching its additive manufacturing division, the Bowman team realised early on that it would need an efficient way to manage its AM production facility, as well as handle the significant volume of parts it produces on a daily basis.
The team was therefore on the search for dedicated workflow management software that would be able to manage each stage of the production process. This would include optimising digital CAD files for production, handling project requests as well as enabling efficient machine scheduling and automatically-generated KPI reports. Any software would also have to integrate with Bowman’s internal ERP system.
“We realised from the get-go how important automating our production processes would be to achieving an efficient production workflow,” said Jacob Turner, Head of Additive Production at Bowman International. “That was the impetus behind our search for workflow management software tailored to additive manufacturing production.”