Güngör Kara Appointed Chief Digital Officer at EOS with Responsibility for Digitalization and Additive Minds

‘3IGITAL’: enabling additive production of intelligent components, with digital production chains, for smart and integrated applications

Krailling, June 12, 2018 – EOS, the world's leading technology supplier in the field of industrial 3D printing of metals and polymers, appoints Güngör Kara as Chief Digital Officer (CDO). As an expert in industrial 3D printing and innovation, he leads the business area of Digitalization and the EOS consulting arm, Additive Minds – a team of engineers, technical consultants, and experts in digitalization techniques.

Additive Minds provides end-to-end support to multinational enterprises and innovative start-ups in the area of industrial 3D– from comprehensive knowledge transfer, and application consulting, to the development of a digital production.

Dr. Adrian Keppler, EOS CEO and Speaker of the Corporate Management commented on the appointment: “We are very happy that Mr. Kara is now taking on the newly created role of CDO." And he adds: “In recent years, he has successfully built up our consulting unit Additive Minds, which offers services that are unique to the market and provides active support to companies in building knowledge and implementing 3D printing successfully within an organization. In this way, our technology is already making fundamental changes to companies." 

Industrial 3D printing has now matured from a technology for rapid prototyping into one for serial production. During this development process, additive manufacturing facilitates the optimization of supply chains and the production of highly innovative components. During the next wave, industrial 3D printing will become one of key enablers for disruptive components and an end-to-end digital production.

Güngör Kara, Chief Digital Officer at EOS stated: “Digital transformation – with industrial 3D printing as one of the central drivers – will fundamentally change entire value chains for companies in the future" And he goes on to say: “We see ourselves as catalysts and technical consultants for innovative companies. We support them in successfully mastering digital change processes – from digital smart factories for industrial 3D printing all the way to additively manufactured 'intelligent' components. Under the keyword '3IGITAL' we are already tapping the next technological dimension for the future: intelligent components – additively produced by a digitalized production cell – for smart applications."

3IGITAL: intelligent components 
Even today, additively produced components are meeting requirements from a wide variety of industries to generate substantial added value. A next step will be to expand the advantages of additively produced components, for example by integrating sensors to create intelligent components. The goal: Completely integrated data generation and sensor systems, which turn additively, produced components into smart applications that are highly tailored to customer-specific requirements.

3IGITAL: digitalized production
Once the intelligent component has been defined, a next step will be the integration of additive production into the digital factories of the future. The goal: highly flexible and adaptable digital production that combines industrial 3D printing with conventional production technologies in existing and still-to-be-constructed production environments.

3IGITAL: intelligent, digitally produced components for smart applications
The component data is now available from design to production, to the 'intelligent' part and can be collected throughout the life cycle of the component. In the end, we have a chain of innovation comprised of intelligent components produced in a digitalized 3D printing production chain. In their later area of application, these parts will provide valuable information that can be used to improve both the production chain and the component design. This opens up completely new perspectives for end-to-end linking of the design, production, and utilization of the component, thus also permitting continuous optimization. This can result efficiency gains beyond the boundaries of the company, resulting in changes in entire value chains. In other words, the future of manufacturing is not only linked digitally and additively, but, above all, it is integrated.


About Additive Minds
With its broad variety of application opportunities industrial 3D printing is one of the innovation drivers behind future digital manufacturing. Additive Minds, the EOS consulting unit specialized in transformation induced by 3D printing supports companies to tap the full potential of this technology. They impart know-how on the technology and all aspects of industrial 3D Printing and helps customers to minimize investment risks as well as achieving competitive advantages. 

Additive Minds also consults customers in identifying and further developing of suitable applications, setting up an AM production and ensuring a sustainable, reproducible product quality. Based on this, customers can tap the full potential of the AM technology and can significantly improve their production.

About EOS
EOS is the global technology and quality leader for high-end solutions in the area of additive manufacturing (AM). The company, which was founded in 1989, is a pioneer and global leader in the area of direct metal laser sintering, and also a provider of a leading polymer technology. For these industrial 3D printing processes, EOS offers a modular solutions portfolio that consists of systems, software, materials, as well as technical and AM consulting services. EOS is the partner of choice for industrial AM-based production, and provides long-term solutions for industry. Customers using these solutions are able to take advantage of light-weight structures, cost reductions based on functional integration, product customization and accelerated product development and production.


Claudia Jordan
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