Production as a Service (PaaS) is a form of cloud computing where SupraTix reSTEMlab is managed by a customer remotely.
PaaS aims to match the small to mid-sized manufacturers that have underutilized equipment, with the customers who need small production volumes for their prototyping or business purposes. Research is on developing this framework with various back-end functionalities such as optimization algorithms and data handling procedures. The framework is expected to get the production request from the customer, collect quotes from the suppliers about the desired manufacturing processes, and propose optimal and near optimal solutions to the customer according to given constraints for the production such as cost, time and quality.
Benefits of PaaS:
1) Scalability: customers access the lab through a subscription service when they need it. Due to its virtualisation, scaling up can be done quickly and efficiently, minimising downtime.
2) Minimised hardware maintenance: the hardware behind PaaS system is managed externally, minimising the time and money customer spends on this type of maintenance.
3) Flexibility: PaaS systems are accessed remotely.
4) On-demand access: a PaaS system can be accessed on-demand and client only pays for the resources used, keeping costs down.