Additive manufacturing enables Emerson engineers to expand their thinking beyond the limits of standard manufacturing processes to develop cutting edge solutions to meet more demanding and stringent processes. Additive manufacturing also significantly accelerates the testing of multiple versions of a prototype product or part, and promises to greatly simplify the production supply chain. Through this center, Emerson will be using additive manufacturing technologies to produce special customized and application-specific parts and products that are impossible with traditional technology.
The Singapore center serves to strengthen Emerson’s additive manufacturing program, which was launched three years ago with the opening of its first additive manufacturing technology center in Marshalltown, IA, USA, the global headquarters for its Fisher products. Together, the Marshalltown and Singapore centers are actively working on R&D and pilot production services for all Emerson businesses around the world.
Singapore was selected for this additive manufacturing center because of its strong manufacturing ecosystem, favorable business climate, excellent transportation linkages, an educated workforce and good universities, and robust intellectual property protections. Singapore has been the Asia-Pacific headquarters and a high-value manufacturing and technology hub for Emerson Automation Solutions since 1965.
“This Singapore center, along with our Marshalltown center, will play a key role in helping Emerson move quickly to leverage the benefits of additive manufacturing to meet our customers’ needs in Asia Pacific and around the world,” said David Farr, chairman and CEO of Emerson.
In conjunction with the launch of its additive manufacturing center in Singapore, Emerson has entered into a five-year research collaboration agreement with Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore), a world-leading research-intensive university. Postgraduate students from NTU will be able to get real-world training in additive manufacturing at the Emerson center and carry out product research projects.