Contract manufacturer Jabil has announced that it is offering rapid prototyping, 3D printing, and managed procurement and supply chain services to help its OEM customers get ideas from the drawing board to reality faster and cheaper.
“Speed to market is critically important as long as companies can fuel innovation without compromising quality and accuracy,” said Simon Ellis, program vice president, Supply Chain Strategies at IDC, in a written statement. “Jabil's new managed supply chain and procurement services add a layer of digital intelligence that can increase efficiency, expedite cycle times and reduce costs across complex global supply chains.”
Jabil's InControl Intelligent Digital Supply Chain and Procurement Intelligence Platform
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The new offerings include end-to-end offerings. First, customers can engage with Jabil's Radius Digital Prototype Lab (DPL) and innovation services to quickly develop product ideas into something that can be manufactured and sold. “These capabilities and services came out of our core business,” said John Caltabiano, vice president, Supply Chain Management at Jabil told EBN in an interview. “We originally developed this for a core set of customers but now we turning it around and offering it as a standalone services.”
DPL services put insight, design, build, analysis, and testing services from a single source. The services can complete proof of concept models in as little as five weeks, compared to the more usual 12 to 26 weeks, said Caltabiano. “When a company puts together a product, they don't really know exactly where they are going, so we try to help bridge the gap and help them understand what the product might look like,” he added. “If you take product ideation, prototyping, and global manufacturing and do it all with one company, you can shrink time and cost.” Radius DPL will be led by Radius, an innovation and development-consulting firm acquired by Jabil in 2012, the company said.
3D printing and additive manufacturing services will support new products from introduction through to large-scale production. By using 3D technology companies will be able to get products to market seven weeks sooner and reduce costs by more than 50%, Jabil said. Capabilities include materials development and qualification, process development and validation, and supply chain integration. By using 3D printing instead of traditional manufacturing methods, companies can expedite time-to-market by up to seven weeks. Moreover, customers have realized cost savings of more than 50%.
Managed supply chain services, meanwhile, will help OEMs gain supply chain visibility and mitigate risk, while increasing supply chain speed and agility. “We have been digitizing the supply chain to give us visibility on a 24/7 basis, and working to get systems to talk to each other,” said Caltabiano. “Now, we will offer these capabilities as a service to our customer.” By using both structured and unstructured data, Jabil will help customers do targeted scenario planning and network optimization modeling.
Jabil will also provide Managed Compliance and Conflict Minerals Services to help small and mid-sized organizations respond to the quickly shifting compliance landscape. “Everyone has disparate systems and our in control platform allows us to see everything,” said Caltabiano. “It took us a while to get it working but now ties all systems together. This capability allows us to measure and drive risk mediation and manage events.”
In addition, managed procurement services will help customers capture efficiencies and capture cost savings by leveraging Jabil's huge sourcing network. The contract manufacturer offers customers access to more than 700,000 parts across a global network of more than 17,000 suppliers sourced from more than 30 countries, the company said.