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Immensa and DNV release spare parts digitization guideline

To support customers embarking on the advanced manufacturing journey via a clear, streamlined step-by-step process focused on solving supply chain and inventory management challenges

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Immensa, MENA’s largest digital manufacturer, has collaborated with DNV (Det Norske Veritas), an internationally accredited registrar and classification society, to produce the world’s first guideline on the digitization of spare parts. The new guideline is expected to be pivotal for markets such as the reported $91 billion energy sector. It will complement various national industrial initiatives in the Gulf region – stimulating sustainable economic growth and enhancing the global competitiveness of industrial bases.

The guideline will support customers – international energy players, as well as industrial manufacturing companies – to embark on the advanced manufacturing journey via a clear, streamlined step-by-step process focused on solving supply chain and inventory management challenges, making it more efficient and flexible.

We are thrilled to set a new benchmark in the digital transformation of industry alongside our world-class partners at DNV – and today’s news is a game-changer for global supply chains and asset security,” said Fahmi Al Shawwa, CEO of Immensa. “Energy companies are demanding the very latest cutting-edge innovation to produce parts locally, and national industrial strategies are focused on the same goal for their wider manufacturing sectors. We are delighted to support the Middle East’s rapid growth, and to be a pivotal player in the $91 billion global energy spare parts market.”

The disruptive qualities of a Digital Inventory bring established guidelines on data capture of spare parts, a defined digital asset concept, and a standardized approach for creating digital assets. While the guideline is a certification for the wider manufacturing industry to adopt, Immensa is implementing it today with global customers – a major competitive differentiator. For customers seeking to start their advanced manufacturing journey today: “We can conduct AI-enabled assessment for 500,000 parts in 24 hours – customers can start now with this first step,” said Fahmi.

According to Immensa, energy companies, globally, experience ‘unnecessary losses’ of approximately $30 billion annually related to inventory management – making digitized inventories and on-demand manufacturing a high priority. Immensa believes that in a decade, or less, 80% of spare parts manufacturing will be done this way – rendering traditional legacy models obsolete.

A dedicated team of 10 experts from Immensa and DNV spent five months working to establish the guideline – pooling their knowledge of additive manufacturing, digital warehousing, and quality assurance. The guideline also reflects customer insight to ensure rigorous technical depth and effective and accessible criteria for purchasers and manufacturers to consult.

“We, at the DNV AM team, are delighted to reflect on our successful collaboration with Immensa on this groundbreaking project. The unveiling of the industry’s first-ever guideline on Digital Inventory Readiness Levels marks a significant milestone in additive manufacturing, setting a new benchmark and paving the way for future innovations and collaborations,” said Dr. Sastry Kandukuri, Global AM Practice Lead and Technical Authority for AM Certification at DNV Energy Systems.

The guideline’s framework includes: assessing physical parts for digitizing potential; converting selected physical parts into digital twins and inclusion in a Digital Inventory system; and On-demand Manufacturing – recommendations for its use as a viable spare parts strategy, for timely delivery and high-quality standards.

In December 2023, Immensa received its DNV certification and was the first company in MENA to have achieved it.

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