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UPM and Authentise enter into partnership for vendor managed inventory systems

United Performance Metals (UPM) Additive Solutions and Authentise have announced a partnership to introduce the industry’s first Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) solution. This development fundamentally changes material management, traceability and efficiency in manufacturing.

“At UPM Additive, we are dedicated to delivering innovative solutions and the highest quality materials to our customers,” said JJ Johnson, General Manager of UPM Additive Solutions. “The introduction of this VMI solution in partnership with Authentise represents a significant milestone for the additive manufacturing industry, showcasing its increasing maturity and the growing adoption of advanced technologies to streamline production processes, and we’re thrilled to be the first to deliver it.”

The VMI solution uses Authentise technologies to ensure full traceability for critical components such as metal building panels or powders. By tracking the entire history of these items, manufacturers can ensure quality, optimize production and adhere to strict industry standards. It also simplifies inventory management, ensuring critical materials are always available and minimizing manual intervention.

“We are excited to join forces with United Performance Metals to introduce this transformative solution to the additive manufacturing industry,” said Andre Wegner, CEO of Authentise. “VMI is a natural extension of our existing Material Genealogy tools, which already provide detailed traceability record. This extends inventory history beyond materials and outside the walls of the manufacturer. By integrating our expertise in data-driven workflow tools with UPM’s extensive knowledge of high-performance metals and tools, we are enabling manufacturers to optimize their operations, reduce costs, and deepen transparency.”

The VMI solution also offers significant financial benefits for manufacturers. The ability to hold consignment stock in the buyer’s warehouse reduces capital requirements and improves cash flow. This flexibility allows manufacturers to respond quickly to changing market demands and scale their operations efficiently.

“Having seen what the new UPM and Authentise VMI solution can do, I3D MFG is thrilled to implement it,” said Stephanie Bonfiglio, Director of Integration at I3DMFG. “We look forward to achieving full traceability, automated inventory management, and the agility to scale our production as required. This solution has the potential to revolutionize the way we manage our materials and streamline our additive manufacturing processes. It’s essential for any rapidly scaling, industrial additive manufacturing operation such as ours.”

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