HP Inc.’s New State-of-the-Art Smart Manufacturing, Research Center in Singapore to Use 3D Printing, Robotics

HP’s new facility in Singapore.

Multiple sources, including Computer Weekly, The Business Times, and Networks Asia, report that last week, HP Inc. opened up an ambitious new Asia-Pacific headquarters, a $100 million site in Singapore that houses the first HP Smart Manufacturing Applications and Research Centre (Smarc).

According to The Business Times, the new 450,000-square feet campus is home to 3,000 employees from 35 nationalities who will carry out sales, logistics, and research and development.

The campus is located in the Telok Blangah district of Singapore.

The Smarc Research Center is a 6,000-square-foot facility, and allows engineers to design, experiment, and implement solutions to improve HP’s manufacturing processes, with an aim to boost productivity by at least 20 percent. It’s manned by engineers who will oversee more than 50 supplies-manufacturing lines globally. The center will use technologies such as 3D-printing (additive) manufacturing, advanced robotics ,and large-scale data analytics. Successful developments from Smarc will be implemented across HP’s supplies manufacturing lines across the world.

HP’s Smart Manufacturing Applications and Research Centre (Smarc) seeks to “help digitally transform and reinvent” HP’s supplies manufacturing processes. PHOTO: HP

Richard Bailey, president for APJ at HP, said: “The Singapore campus is a reflection of our drive to constantly reinvent the way we work as well as develop new technologies to enhance productivity and efficiency across our global operations.”

According to Computer Weekly, the Singapore facility will be used to oversee over 50 printer-supply manufacturing lines and test the use of robots, data analytics, and 3D printing to improve production efficiency

Besides the use of robotics, HP will also analyze data from every stage of the manufacturing process at Smarc’s internet of things (IoT) lab, from processing of raw materials, to actual performance at a customer’s location in order to determine when maintenance is needed.

Predictive maintenance and quality models will also be developed to optimize HP’s supply chain, improve production quality, and increase cost savings, while 3D printing will be used to prototype and make parts that are needed only in smaller quantities.

Steven Lee Conner, HP’s head of supplies operations, said the capabilities developed out of Smarc, located at the new HP Singapore campus, were expected to improve productivity by at least 20 percent across HP’s print manufacturing ecosystem.

Smarc, which is home to a team of engineers that oversee over 50 manufacturing lines across the world, was the brainchild of Jamie Neo, an HP engineer in Singapore who has been analyzing telemetry data on printer usage to determine the quantities and types of ink cartridges to be made.

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