Optimize manufacturing planning to accelerate ramp-up and optimize production agility.
The Aerospace & Defense industry performs an exceedingly delicate balancing act between production and demand. Excess capacity lowers margins while insufficient capacity can cost millions in lost revenue.
As a result, manufacturers focus on dynamically matching their production rates with market pressures – simultaneously striving to improve first time quality, lower costs and ensure on-time delivery.
Companies have a high incentive to solve these challenges. The reported eight-year backlog in meeting commercial aviation orders may well double in the next 20 years. Add to that the significant ramp-up of defense spending, not to mention the commercialization of space, and you’ve got a big industry with a big problem. How should Aerospace and Defense companies capitalize on this unprecedented wave of demand?
Join the power of the digital revolution
Leading companies recognize the power of technology to fundamentally change the way they do business and meet today’s challenges. In particular, digital continuity is set to solve a multitude of production and product development challenges facing the industry.
Thanks to Industry 4.0, or the 4th Revolution, new technologies can combine the physical, digital and biological worlds. This changes the way A&D companies conceive, design and build products. It is possible to share 3D models across your enterprise and supply chain and communicate in real-time with no language barriers. Embracing this awesome new technological power can positively change a company’s future. Read more about the future factory.
The manufacturing landscape faces dramatic change. Creating and capturing value in this new environment requires aerospace companies to not just understand what’s driving these changes, but also grasp just how consequential a role digital transformation will play in determining their future.
Your path to the future
“Manufacturing traditionally has been thought of as a process that turns raw materials into physical products, and the factory as the structure where manufacturing happens,” Velocci adds. “Today the pervasive expansion of sensors and the Internet of Things (IoT), not to mention ever more demanding customers, are driving the transformation… Layered on top of this shift is the convergence of robotics, materials science and additive manufacturing, which are revolutionizing what can be manufactured and how.”
Velocci describes a brave new world of self-regulating machines: customizing the product builds, allocating resources in the most efficient manner, and interfacing seamlessly between the physical and virtual worlds of production and assembly. Wireless sensors in manufacturing equipment, processes and products provide real-time shop floor information – fueling predictive analysis for those few remaining humans required to oversee the product lifecycle.
This new digital infrastructure encompasses old analog tasks and machine operations, while shifting the manufacturing process from isolated silos to integrated systems that work right across domains, hierarchical boundaries and lifecycle phases.
It follows that, if you stick rigidly to your existing vertical ecosystem, the new tools at your disposal won’t work. The real world might be round, but the working world is becoming very flat. Breaking down information silos fosters cross-functional cooperation, so everybody involved in a project can immediately access and use information as it becomes available. This reduces wasted resources from not having the right data at the right time – therefore leading to productivity gains.