ERIKS, an international service partner for industrial OEM and MRO customers, currently leverages 3D printing to produce on demand.

With 7,500 employees working at more than 300 locations worldwide, in 22 different industries, ERIKS sees the potential of 3D printing in various industries. To support its industrial production, the company equipped its production facility with several Ultimaker S5 Pro Bundles.

Furthermore, it should be noted that this is not the beginning of a journey in 3D Printing for ERIKS. The company saved over 350,000 euros last year, only by implementing 3D printed production aids and eliminating safety hazards in our own facilities.

The Ultimaker S5 Pro Bundles

Unveiled last year, the Ultimaker S5 Pro Bundle is a package that combines the famous Ultimaker S5, an Air Manager system and a Material Station.

As a reminder, the Ultimaker S5 Air Manager provides a closed, inside-out air flow for the Ultimaker S5, leading to a better controlled environment inside the printer and filters out up to 95 percent of all ultrafine particles created while printing. This reduction enables a wider range of materials to safely print with and results in a safer work environment as it creates an effective physical barrier that stops anyone touching hot or moving parts. It offers professionals peace of mind when printing, while reducing the risk of print interruptions.

The Ultimaker S5 Material Station redefines filament storage and delivery, enabling a true 24/7 dual extrusion workflow that supports higher productivity and consistency of the 3D printing output. The Ultimaker S5 Material Station allows users to load filament spools – including glass and carbon fiber composites – in 6 bays that have abrasive-resistant pre-feeders. Constant supervision is no longer needed, and material can easily be uploaded at the front of the printer in seconds, not minutes. Silica gel extracts moisture and automatically regenerates, keeping the fully enclosed chamber below 40 percent relative humidity – even in outside conditions of up to 70 percent humidity.

More than the right equipment

ERIKS works in co-creation with its customers to provide them with appropriate applications. More importantly, the multi-product specialist works in a clean manufacturing facility which receives the manufacturing certification EC1935/2004 for food-safe parts.

Job van de Sande, Head of Technology Sealing & Polymer Technology at ERIKS: “For parts and tools used in environments in which food is produced, for instance, we developed the ERIKS’ Clean Manufacturing Facility. This space is EC1935/2004 compliant for its manufacturing, has dedicated clean production areas and a large-scale ISO Class 6 cleanroom. In addition to the European food safe compliances, we are currently working on earning the same food-safe FDA compliances and certifications for 3D printing as well. This would enable us to 3D print certified parts and tools that can be used in an atmosphere in which food is produced.”

For Ultimaker, this additional customer only confirms how well the Dutch manufacturer is positioned in the industrial sector.

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