Krakow hosted, from January 28 to 30, the 6th edition of the international Combat Logistics conference, organised by Defence Leader, with support from the British Navy, in association with the Movement Coordination Center Europe (MCCM).
This international forum presents experiences and evaluates the performance and effectiveness of the maintenance of operation supply chains, featuring experts representing different international organisations, (EDA, EATC, NATO, FRONTEX, etc,), the ministries of defence of the different participating countries (United States, Great Britain, France, Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, etc.), and companies providing defence and security.
In its sixth edition, military personnel from different countries shared the latest advances in various initiatives financed through PESCO programmes in the sphere of mobility and logistics, in addition to the experiences and capabilities furnished by countries and organisations outside the European Union, and by private companies that attended the conference.
At this forum Isdefe presented a methodology for the evaluation of the efficiency of the use of additive manufacturing technologies in the area of operations, compared to other more traditional replacement part supply strategies.
Santiago Adán Sánchez, an engineer in the Sustainability Area for the Army, serving on Isdefe's Directorate for Consulting and Strategic Processes, presented this work at the conference, the result of collaboration with the European Defence Agency and the Army, through one of its groups, in which Isdefe developed the methodology to analyse the results of the deployment of deployable manufacturing technologies in a real operating environment.
The proposed methodology was tested in an actual operating environment thanks to Isdefe's participation, together with the Army, in the Logistic Capable exercise (June 2019) organised by NATO in Poland.
After analysing the results the conclusions were presented for validation by the experts of the different EDA member countries at the 10th PT Logistic Meeting, held last October at Royal Dutch Navy facilities in Amsterdam.
In addition, thanks to the close collaboration between Isdefe and the Spanish Army, Isdefe's Head of Army Support, Gonzalo Santamaría Freire, in concert with the military head of the initiative, Lt. Colonel Juan Luis San Juan de Castro, presented a talk on the "Modernisation of supply chains through the integration of additive manufacturing technologies", which dealt with the initiatives currently underway in the Army through its Logistical Support Command (MALE), such as the creation of a Specialisation Center for Additive Manufacturing (CEFAPIMALE) and the plan for the implementation and integration of these capacities across the logistics chain.