Success begets more success: Mosaic Manufacturing’s tech adoption in full swing
Mosaic sees themselves in the midst of their Industry 4.0 journey, and the remote work environment has helped them accelerate their steps.
Technology / IIoT
When the pandemic first hit, Mosaic Manufacturing experienced the same sorts of issues many manufacturers dealt with. Market uncertainty, a drop in sales, and remote work. But additive manufacturing had the ability to adapt much quicker due to its technological nature.
3D printing lends itself well to remote work, and allows manufacturing to be decentralized by being table to take prototypes homes and be more flexible with work according to Derek Vogt, CTO and Co-Founder.
“Rather than relying on an overseas supply chain that can be affected by things like a pandemic, the nature of our work helped us pivot faster and actually manufacturers who also needed to have flexibility with their product development,” he says.
Mosaic Manufacturing was not spared completely however. Lead times on some of their less critical orders were doubled due to supply chain crunches from the pandemic, and delayed the release and work with some of their manufacturers. Derek cited the fact that remote validation of components can be a key challenge.
“The products that we do manufacture, offer IIoT-connected benefits though, and we definitely think these types of products will help with delays, and shortages, and help with domestic manufacturing capabilities. IIoT-connected solutions all lend themselves well to a more resilient supply chain because they don’t rely on delayed outside suppliers.”
Derek feels that increased data and visibility, and its integration with 3D printers will help additive manufacturers grow.
“One of the problems that we did have initially, was access to the printers. We used to have one person in the office running the printer, and a number of other engineers working from home and sending work to print, which meant that we had one engineer being the printing technician at the office instead of doing engineering work. Now that the printers are available on the cloud, we no longer need anyone to attend to the printers.”
Mosaic sees themselves in the midst of their Industry 4.0 journey, and the remote work environment has helped them accelerate their steps. Derek recognizes that they are just scratching the surface of what digitalization can look like and how technology adoption can further an additive manufacturing business’s growth.
Adding ‘smart’ connection features such as collecting data from printers, optimizing collaboration capabilities, and monitoring raw material intake, and observing live feeds from the printers, are just some of the technological features Mosaic is engaged in as they progress through 2021.
Mosaic recognizes that manufacturers are concerned with the IP surrounding their technology and products, especially as cybersecurity attacks become much more frequent, and making them more hesitant about adopting cloud technologies.
Additive manufacturers and cloud-savvy companies on the vanguard continue to be play their role, however, in showing adopting IIoT-enabled solutions and new technologies can help, as opposed to hamper a business.