TRX Webinar: Additive Manufacturing Production Work Order & Process Management Best Practices


September 11
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


This educational presentation will help an organization as they begin mass-producing parts in their AM production facility; after the design phase has been completed. It includes best practices for work order entry all the way up to shipping the completed parts. It will include lessons learned after working with AM production facilities (in the U.S. and other countries) for the past several years. Every AM production facility has their own unique problem areas, production issues and headache-causing events once a work order has been received for producing additively manufactured Parts. Additionally, some part-builds come with stringent specification (and compliance) requirements that must be adhered to.

As products are being designed, made and used in new ways, AM production facilities are all working towards continuous improvement in each operational step within their predefined AM production processes, as well as more complete documentation (especially in aerospace and medical applications). Time will also be spent discussing real-time job tracking, and individual part tracking as parts that were created on the same build plate with different serial numbers may progress throughout the production facility processing steps in different ways and in a different processing order, in some cases.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Work order instructions, media attachments, real-time tracking
  • Build-plate management and serialization (multiple parts with different serial numbers printed on the same build-plate)
  • Nonconformances / advanced dispositioning
  • Part production tracking: sequential, out-of-sequence, multiple possible routes
  • Managing outside vendor processing
  • Tracking machine time, labor time, material usage (virgin, 1x, 2x)
  • Collecting and requiring quality data
  • Connecting/viewing specifications, operating instructions, and QMS documents directly from the production floor
  • Using specifications to automatically qualify equipment, operators, or vendors, to prevent improper processing of the parts.
  • Connected/complete documentation (makes Auditors very happy)
  • The best way to have a complete AM processing audit trail for each part produced with all associated documents linked together.
  • Defining and generating new work order “packages” for repeat part builds

After speaking to so many individuals at RAPID + TCT 2019 in Detroit about this topic, many felt that it was very relevant and it generated a lot of discussion and questions. The presentation includes content applicable to additive manufacturing applications, facilities & operations, final part production, part inspection and certification, post processing, process monitoring, control and qualification, quality and standards, process control and quality management tied directly to individual operators on the production floor.

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