Following an introduction to the LCR4.0 Holistic team at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) a consultative support process via
a combination of digital diagnostics and readiness level assessment that resulted in a range of support opportunities centring on subtractive milling asset productivity and energy consumption monitoring to improve productivity, energy efficiency, environmental impact and customer/patient service levels.
Rose Lane Dental Technology took advantage of the improvement opportunities which resulted in agreeing to support a digital demonstrator project to digitalise a Subtractive Dental Restoration Milling machine.
LCR 4.0 Holistic designed, resourced and managed the digital demonstrator project with added support from external accelerator partners providing hardware integrator and remote access software & data storage display expertise.
The enhanced on-site digital capability captured critical mill spindle operational power consumption data which was fed back in real- time to the laboratory management team via a dashboard giving insights into line utilisation, electrical energy consumption costs and environmental carbon footprint impact.
The demonstrator was able to quantify the subtractive milling machine non-production time which has already identified machine utilisation improvements via better dental restoration job order planning, sequencing and minimising set/load up time, resulting in an additional 14 dental restoration units per week, using 10 % less energy & carbon footprint.
The support provided by LCR 4.0 Holistic has helped to digitalise & monetise the subtractive milling machine facilitating more informed laboratory management team decisions which ultimately improve productivity, customer/ patient service levels and profitability.
Rose Lane will now put a plan in place to commercialise the digital demonstrator via a permanent installation focussing on the quick win areas to minimise payback time and maximise return on investment.
Our partnership with LCR4.0 Holistic has been a real eye-opener and has given us the means to increase our dental laboratory efficiency and also save costs. I would recommend anyone managing a dental laboratory to take advantage of what it has to offer.Andrew Lenden Manager of Rose Lane Dental Technology
- Date: Spring 2018
- Tech: Additive manufacturing, Systems integration
- Sector: Sport and fitness