The Seville brewery in Spain produces up to 500 million litres of beer every year. Heineken wanted to improve on the efficiency of production, and as a result started looking into Ultimaker 3D printing.
They created a 3D printing lab and planned out goals to improve the output, up time and safety of the manufacturing process. Consequently while trying to optimize the machines Heineken realised 3D printing was affordable and simple to get going. Additionally it gave them the speed and freedom that they needed.
Heineken’s first print was improved safety latches to be used during maintenance, which are bright red to help visibility. After printing these Heineken saw the advantages of using 3D printers to benefit other parts of the manufacturing process. Those being: replacements for metal parts, maintenance tools and quality check tools.