Transforming for the Digital Age
In light of the fourth industrial revolution and the Internet of Things, Sulzer is reinventing its business for the future. We are making use of additive manufacturing technologies and digital tools. In this way, we make our customers and ourselves faster, better, and more agile.
Transforming has been important at every step of history. Businesses have always changed and adapted to new realities. However, today’s technologies have accelerated the pace of development and intensified the extent to which companies have to change their processes and even business models.
We are transforming for the benefit of our customers. How do we do that? It all comes down to what we call industrial agility. We connect our businesses, we make our products smart, we increase productivity, and we drive growth.
Sulzer keeps testing new manufacturing technologies such as additive manufacturing to meet the highest quality standards and reduce delivery time. In additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, layers of material are formed one by one under computer control to create a three-dimensional object. Compared with conventional manufacturing, 3D printing creates little-to-no material losses. As the complexity of a design shape increases, using additive manufacturing saves costs and creates new design freedom.
In today’s world, we are all connected to each other. Likewise, we are connecting our products and factories. They are communicating, and we are listening. We are turning your pumps into smart devices. We are developing a sensor that can measure the temperature and vibration of your process pumps in the field and transfer this information wirelessly to you. Further, we have reorganized and digitally enabled our global pumps manufacturing and supply chain network. The future factories will be smart and learning constantly. In this way, we will be able to cut delivery times and offer our customers competitive prices at the same time.
The next generation of impeller manufacturing
Sulzer and a well-known compressor manufacturer are co-developing an innovative manufacturing process for closed impellers. Thanks to the new process, Sulzer will be able to offer high-quality parts with radically low lead times. The ambitious goal is to offer closed impellers within 48 hours to our customers.Find out more
Speeding up the development of mascara brushes
The development of mascara brush prototypes usually takes up to 18 weeks. By using a new plastic powder for the production process, Sulzer’s Applicator Systems division was able to develop a prototype within one week.Find out more
Turning pumps into smart devices
Whereas monitoring systems are common for big, engineered pumps in critical applications, smaller process pumps rarely come with such a feature. Sulzer is developing a smart sensor for process pumps. The sensor can measure the temperature and vibration of pumps in the field and transfer this information wirelessly to a cloud database.Find out more
Sulzer’s future factories: smart and learning
The fourth industrial revolution is not only about new technologies, it is about changing the way of doing business and winning through information. Sulzer has reorganized its pumps engineering, manufacturing, and supply chain into an integrated global factory network. Each element of the network will be smart and contribute to constant learning. In this way, we will be able to cut delivery times and offer Sulzer’s recognized quality at competitive prices at the same time.Find out more
Faster than ever: delivering pump spare parts within 48 hours
In a world where everything gets faster and faster, delivery time becomes a decisive success factor in the service business. Sulzer’s Rotating Equipment Services division was able to cut our average delivery time from ten weeks to eight days – and we aspire to be even faster.Find out more
Letter to the shareholders
Markets are changing faster than ever before. Technology has upended the oil and gas landscape, taking the USA in a few years from the status of net importer to surpassing Saudi Arabia as an oil producing nation. It has made data, ours and our customers’, the most valuable commodity of all. It has allowed us to enter new markets, but has also empowered a new breed of competitors in domains where significant industrial assets used to be a prerequisite to compete. And it makes the world a global village, creating limitless opportunities for efficient collaboration across our company and beyond.
Our highlightsFind out more
Contribution from acquisitions on order intake in 2017
We launched the first group-wide Sulzer Innovation Awards in 2017
We donated 4 modular units to a South African non-profit organization