MaaS: Manufacturing On Cloud 9

Just what is “M-a-a-S”? Is it a temporary fad, or is it here to stay? The “M = Manufacturing” solutioning, as a variable substitution to the “X-a-a-S” model does work and has been improving since the idea was mooted and picked up pace. By TL Goh

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In the era of the “gig economy”, “contract manufacturing” or “job shopping” has adaptively been refashioned as ‘MaaS’. So what is the difference, you ask, and why is it causing so much excitement and controversy, even within manufacturing circles. Is it just the times?…. “They are a changing…”. Yes, indeed. Society has gently and slowly but surely, ‘segued’ into the era of 3D printing, additive, and adaptive manufacturing or machining… and remote control, through the use of intelligent or smart cameras.

Yes, we are all familiar with the “X-a-a-S” model. And the “As a service” model has been applied to software, infrastructure and software platforms. As a matter of fact, the IT world has seen this model applied to data centres as well. The immense success of this model stems from the fact that it is in one sense a “metered” use of expensive equipment and resources on a “pay per use”, “pay as you use” or “pay as you go” model that has dramatically and significantly lowered the costs of production and shifted information, data, and resources to the “cloud”. The entire IT function can arguably now be outsourced to the “cloud” or adopt a cloud-based model, including the maintenance of expensive networking, data communications software and peripherals, and even data centres can now arguably be considered a “worry” or “concern” of the past. Yes, the “as a service” model has proven to be hugely successful and seen itself replicated and scaled across platforms that resulted in bridging of geographical distances and locations in order to access, complicated, sophisticated and expensive computational resources, equipment, gear, etc. You name it in fact. The concept has also been applied to the field of HPC or high-performance computing and network and data security.

In the time, it takes you to ‘bat’ an eyelid, a whole new generation has gone by, and we have in fact been fast tracked to “cloud computing” and cloud based models. Programmers are now deploying and running software programs in the “cloud” on remote server locations and data centres. Both “purely” cloud-based and hybrid models do exist, as do “hybrid clouds”. AWS cloud service and Microsoft Azure have become ubiquity.

M-a-a-S, or “manufacturing as a service,” is an increasingly popular option for companies looking to outsource manufacturing. With M-a-a-S, businesses can focus on product innovation while leaving the actual production process to an outside partner.

There are many benefits to M-a-a-S, including access to modern factory technologies and the ability to scale production up or down as needed. M-a-a-S can also help businesses save on costs associated with maintaining their own manufacturing facilities.

If your company is considering M-a-a-S, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, it’s important to find a reputable and experienced M-a-a-S provider. Second, you’ll need to make sure that your company’s ERP system is compatible with the M-a-a-S provider’s systems. Finally, you’ll want to consider how M-a-a-S will impact your company’s overall supply chain.

M-a-a-S is a great option for businesses that want to focus on product innovation and leave the manufacturing process to an experienced partner. By keeping these things in mind, you can be sure that M-a-a-S will be a success for your business.

MaaS is a new type of manufacturing service that delivers infrastructure and capabilities as a cloud-based service. You can think of it as “cloud-based manufacturing” or “networked manufacturing.”

It allows businesses to access the manufacturing capabilities and resources they need, when they need them, without having to invest in and maintain their own manufacturing infrastructure. This flexibility can help businesses save time and money, and scale their operations more quickly and efficiently.

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MaaS providers offer a range of services, including 3D printing, robotics, assembly, packaging, and shipping. These services can be delivered on-demand, or as part of a subscription package.

It is still a relatively new concept, but it’s already starting to revolutionize manufacturing. By making manufacturing capabilities more accessible and affordable, MaaS has the potential to democratize manufacturing and help more businesses bring their products to market.

It leverages the power of the Internet of Things (IoT) and the sharing economy to increase productivity and efficiency while reducing waste.

For consumers, MaaS provides a more convenient and affordable way to access the products and services they need. It also offers the potential to reduce environmental impact by reducing the number of factories that are operational at any given time.

MaaS offers a number of advantages for both product manufacturers and service providers. For manufacturers, MaaS can reduce capital expenditure and recurring labor costs, as well as give them greater flexibility in choosing manufacturing techniques. Service providers, on the other hand, can benefit from increased business volume and economies of scale.

The MaaS model has been gaining traction in recent years, with a number of companies offering MaaS services. Some notable examples include Flex (formerly Flextronics), Jabil, and Foxconn.




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