Fourth industrial revolution will improve the manufacturing performance and will prove beneficial for the A&D industry.
FREMONT, CA: Industry 4.0 technologies could be the key to unlocking future competitiveness in the case of aerospace and defense (A&D) industry. From original manufacturers to small suppliers, Industry 4.0 technologies will affect all the sectors in companies within the A&D sector.
Fourth technologies in the A&D industry are used to develop new cost-effective products and services. It makes existing products smarter using sensors applications and connectivity and leveraging advanced manufacturing processes.
Four key areas highlight where the right software can help manufacturers deliver on an A&D 4.0 strategy and future-proof businesses.
A&D products create huge amounts of information. The Pratt & Whitney PW1000G engine generates four million data points on every flight. Less sophisticated systems make less data, still the value of telemetry is well proven at all levels. Aerospace companies should urilize this information for designing, manufacturing, and operating their products, and also for developing new, smarter, business models. In today’s market conditions, the goal should be to change IT operations from manual to automated processes, driven by intelligent softwares. For this, manufacturers should consider evergreen software built for compatibility through open integration standards. Standing still in the industry means losing the game against the competitors. More intelligent softwares are included in the industry to keep pace, and expected to last a long time. The technologies such as AM, artificial intelligence (AI), VR, and augmented reality (AR) mature and deliver growing returns on investment (ROIs) helps the machines to become standard. Increasing technology investment with software support comprised of components that are always up to date.
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According to research, the digital thread can improve supply chain efficiency by 16 percent and reduce the time required to take a product to market. The significance of the digital thread as a communication network is enormous in scale and consequently in importance. It enables a connected flow of data and an integrated view of an asset across its lifetime through various isolated functional perspectives, through multiple factory walls. The best way to manage the service-based contracts with Service Level Agreements (SLAs) is by providing a suitable mobile platform for field workers and data feedback from the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Manufacturers have realized revenue gains by extending asset management into the field to supply and service customer assets. They are also using digital initiatives as their tools. In a way or other aerospace and defense manufacturers are depended on the enterprise software to provide high-level connectivity. It can connect to the increasingly digital supply chain ecosystem by offering seamless compatibility with other solutions, either through an open integration framework or through pre-built solutions. The software tools will act as the mediator to perform this connectivity.
With the adoption of connected systems and the proliferation of data, A&D companies face increased cybersecurity risks. The cyber threats are accelerating day by day, so it is necessary to curb those within the right period. According to Global Airline CEO Survey, 85 percent of airline CEOs in the study viewed cybersecurity as a significant risk. The cybersecurity challenge becomes even more sensitive in some cases. When combined with the proliferation of cloud-based solutions and the security implementations of access control and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).
In the aerospace and defense sector, 50 percent of customers indicate interest in purchasing custom products or services. The manufactured parts are performing a highly specific role in the aerospace and defense industry projects. Customers are demanding delivery schedules and customization. The enterprise software should include broad functional capability like fundamental manufacturing capabilities and flexible financial controls, particularly around complex A&D assets. The comprehensive operational capability will not postpone the contract to lengthy delays, which can cause loss of business. It should include fundamental manufacturing capabilities and flexible financial controls. Manufacturers should ensure the availability of a complete set of functionalities they can depend. The second step is to make sure they can deploy them in a modular approach. It should be easily configured according to unique customer requirements. The companies can also take advantage of new technologies to introduce new Industry 4.0 manufacturing processes into the factory.
Fourth industrial revolution benefits the aerospace and defense manufacturers by increased efficiency, profits and security, and a highly satisfied customer base. To implement these benefits, a support of a software facilitator is necessary. The software helps put the building blocks in place for manufacturers to build and execute on a 4.0 strategy.