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Global Startup Heat Map highlights 5 Top Lean Manufacturing Solutions impacting Maritime Businesses out of 107
The insights of this data-driven analysis are derived from the Big Data & Artificial Intelligence-powered StartUs Insights Discovery Platform, covering 2.093.000+ startups & scaleups globally. The platform gives you an exhaustive overview of emerging technologies & relevant startups within a specific field in just a few clicks.
The Global Startup Heat Map below reveals the distribution of the 107 exemplary startups & scaleups we analyzed for this research. Further, it highlights 5 startups that we hand-picked based on criteria such as founding year, location, funding raised, and more. You get to explore the solutions of these 5 startups & scaleups in this report. For insights on the other 102 lean manufacturing solutions, get in touch.
Hexagon PPM facilitates Lean Shipbuilding
Lean principles are implemented from design to manufacturing in the maritime industry to improve operational efficiency throughout the value chain. In addition, it allows for high-quality, complex, and innovative shipbuilding, thus enabling differentiation and adding value. Value Stream Mapping (VSM), Total Productive Maintenance (TPM), and Lean Six Sigma are the most effective lean tools for the marine industry. These solutions work to reduce waste generation throughout production operations, thereby saving costs.
Hexagon PPM is a US-based startup that offers end-to-end marine and shipbuilding services. The startup develops software solutions to improve production floor efficiency and communication. In addition, it uses lean processes and tools such as Lean Six Sigma and root cause analysis that facilitate product development and engineering as well as operations management and procurement, fabrication & construction. Hexagon PPM’s solutions also unite operations & maintenance, safety, engineering, and real-time data from marine and shipbuilding assets to enable data-driven decision-making.
Aercad Ingeniería offers Lean Manufacturing Consulting Services
In the marine industry, lean management tools enable root cause analysis and analytical problem-solving. This allows shipbuilders to prevent and solve underlying issues in production lines, rather than treating ad-hoc incidents. Similarly, lean production also ensures minimum inventory, and work in process (WIP) suited to the standard inventory level, thereby avoiding disruptions in the production line. That is why startups develop tailored lean tools and consulting services to allow maritime businesses to readily adopt lean principles.
Spanish startup Aercad Ingeniería provides lean manufacturing consulting services for the naval industry. The startup also offers technical solutions and advice in project management, design, production engineering, 3D printing, and quality management. In effect, Aercad Ingeniería’s solution allows maritime, aeronautic, and railway manufacturing companies to integrate lean production practices without disrupting existing production runs.
Secur3DP+ enables Distributed Manufacturing
Additive manufacturing is a game-changer due to its characteristics such as increased speed and reproducibility. Additionally, 3D printing is the least waste-generating manufacturing method, supports short production runs, and eliminates expenses for tooling. That is why 3D printing is a critical aspect of lean manufacturing. It reduces overproduction, raw-material wastage, and processing wastes, among others. In shipbuilding, 3D printed parts were initially used for short production runs for yachts. However, recent advancements allow shipbuilders to develop production-level parts using additive manufacturing.
Singaporean startup Secur3DP+ develops a blockchain-based distributed manufacturing platform for the maritime industry. The startup allows manufacturers to use their computer-aided design (CAD) files to 3D print parts on demand. The startup also uses just-in-time (JIT) manufacturing techniques to facilitate on-demand production. Blockchain-backed transactions ensure intellectual property protection for the design files, transaction security, and accountability. Further, the platform facilitates trust between vendors and customers, ensuring product quality as well as regulatory and technical compliance.
EdgeTech Industries manufactures Titanium Parts
Tier 2 companies supplying materials and parts for maritime companies also profit from adopting lean practices on their production floor. From optimizing the production line for efficient ergonomics to using visual boards for process training and navigation, lean tools enable tier 2 suppliers in the maritime industry to complete projects within project commitment periods. These tools also allow maritime companies to track and improve work-in-process (WIP) to maximize throughput.
EdgeTech Industries is a US-based startup that manufactures titanium parts for ships. The startup uses lean manufacturing to streamline its manufacturing operations and ensure product quality. Its products include titanium sheets, tubings, and fittings for ball valves, fire pumps, and shipboard systems. EdgeTech Industries also manufactures parts for the aerospace, healthcare, and energy industries.
KOTNIZ provides Aluminum and Stainless Steel Parts
Lean tools such as VSM enables analytical problem-solving in production processes, whereas the implementation of the 5S method ensures workplace housekeeping. Similarly, each lean production tool in maritime focuses on increasing the value of production while reducing waste and inventory. Therefore, buyer-supplier communication is critical in a production environment to ensure a continuous flow of raw materials or WIP and avoid production downtime.
Portuguese startup KOTNIZ manufactures stainless steel and aluminum-based components for ships, boats, and yachts. The startup uses just-in-time manufacturing to streamline its processes and meet order quantity and lead time requirements. Plus, KOTNIZ uses machine-based computer numeric control (CNC) machining for cost optimization. Additionally, the startup uses renewable energy to power 40% of its production, thereby reducing the carbon footprint of overall operations.
Discover more Maritime Startups
Startups such as the examples highlighted in this report focus on port call processes, sustainable subsea operations, remote ship inspection as well as BWT systems. While all of these technologies play a major role in advancing the industry, they only represent the tip of the iceberg. To explore more maritime technologies, simply get in touch to let us look into your areas of interest. For a more general overview, you can download one of our free Industry Innovation Reports to save your time and improve strategic decision-making.