3D Printing Case Study Highlight - Heineken Can Pushers
Heineken's innovative can pushers was developed using the advanced UltiMaker S5 3D printer at their facility. This cutting-edge 3D printing technology allows the can pushers to effectively move eight packs of canned beer from one conveyor belt to three separate conveyor belts, where they are then efficiently palletised. By utilising 3D printing to create the can pushers, Heineken has successfully minimised downtime and reduced the risk of malfunctions. One of the key advantages of 3D printing is the ability to customise the pushers to the exact height required, ensuring optimal performance every time.
The use of 3D printing technology has revolutionised the manufacturing process for Heineken. In the past, traditional methods of creating pushers involved manual adjustments and the use of standardised parts. However, this often resulted in inefficiencies and inconsistencies in the movement of the beer packs. By leveraging the precision and flexibility of 3D printing, Heineken is able to overcome these challenges and achieve a seamless and streamlined production line.
The benefits of 3D printing go beyond just improving the functionality of the can pushers, as 3D printing also offers cost savings for Heineken, as it eliminates the need for expensive and time-consuming tooling processes. Additionally, 3D printing enables rapid prototyping, allowing Heineken to quickly test and iterate their designs before mass production. This iterative approach ensures that any design flaws or improvements can be identified and addressed early on, preventing costly delays or errors in the production process.
Overall, Heineken's adoption of 3D printing technology for their can pushers showcases their dedication to innovation and efficiency in their manufacturing processes. By customising the pushers to be the perfect fit for their specific requirements, Heineken ensures consistent and optimal performance, ultimately delivering a high-quality product to consumers.
Please watch the video below to learn more about these 3D printed can pushers from Heineken, and also the tips from UltiMaker on how to integrate a 3D printed wear indicator to the parts by simply printing the parts' outer walls using a second extruder/ print head with a different (colour) material.
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