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The Future Factory Provides Agility in Production

Key Takeaways

  • OEMs and suppliers can achieve agility of rate with Future Factory technology.
  • Future Factory technologies change the way aerospace and defense companies conceive, design and build products.
  • Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE® platform provides the digital continuity to meet production rate and quality goals.

The trend of non-traditional players seeking to upend mature market segments by leveraging disruptive commercial technologies and processes is just one of the trends contributing to the fast-changing aerospace industry landscape. In addition to the accelerated rate of change in markets, technologies, and corporate structures, products are increasingly complex. How do companies adapt?

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Technologies

OEMs and suppliers can achieve agility of rate with Future Factory technology. Sometimes called Manufacturing 4.0, Future Factory technologies combine the physical, digital and biological worlds and change the way aerospace and defense companies conceive, design and build products.

Critical components of these advanced manufacturing systems are highly automated, interconnected manufacturing tools designed to exploit information throughout the full range of value-adding activities spread across multiple production sites and supply chain partners. Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE® platform provides the digital continuity to meet production rate and quality goals. Leveraging the platform an enterprise connects digitally through data-driven apps using one complete product definition. Team members have functional views on the same data based on their role, rather than maintaining separate, siloed data repositories. By accessing this ‘digital twin’ or virtual representation of the future physical product, it is possible to model, simulate, and virtually test a product before launching to the market. In addition, real-time Key Performance Indicators offer the power to see the future and correct errors before they occur in production, improving production rates.

SpeedNews Aerospace Manufacturing Conference Panel:

How Suppliers Need to Adopt and Adapt to the New Manufacturing Era

Jeff Smith
Director, Aerospace & Defense, Dassault Systèmes

Dr. Michael W. Grieves
Executive Director, Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Innovative Design, Florida Institute of Technology

Ivan Madera
Chief Executive Officer, Morf3D

Panel Summary

In the SpeedNews Aerospace Manufacturing Conference Panel, Jeff Smith, Dr. Michael W. Grieves, and Ivan Madera discussed how to continue to adapt and embrace disruptive commercial technologies and processes of the Future Factory in order to be successful. Watch key panel discussions on-demand below and explore additional white papers and other content to learn more.

From the Experts

“We’re on a mission to be able to take a 3-5 year lifecycle down to 90 days – from concept to first flight.”

– Jeff Smith, A&D Innovation Industry Solution Experience Senior Director

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Driving Digital Continuity in Manufacturing

In a world in constant motion, real-time, accurate information is critical for achieving business success in manufacturing companies. The solution is digital continuity.

Video: Part Two

Digital Continuity within the Product Lifecycle

Dr. Michael Grieves, Executive Director of the Center for Advanced Manufacturing & Innovative Design. Florida Institute of Technology, discusses digital continuity within the product lifecycle and the benefits of the digital twin.

From the Experts

“The whole opportunity of being able to do additive manufacturing is really a disruptive game-changer.”

– Dr. Michael Grieves, Executive Director of the Center for Advanced Manufacturing & Innovative Design.
Florida Institute of Technology

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Future Factory: A Transformation Imperative

Aerospace & Defense companies expect factories of the future to offer a range of measurable benefits such as more efficient use of people and assets.

Video: Part Three

Defining the Lifecycle Process to Scale

CEO Ivan Madera shares how his 3D Printing company Morf3D, a tier 1 supplier working with OEMs like Boeing, works with its customers to define the lifecycle process to scale from small lot to serial full rate production.

From the Experts

“It’s not just about producing the first [additive manufactured] article, it’s understanding from the sales and operations planning into production – how quickly we can scale.”

– Ivan Madera, Chief Executive Officer, Morf3D

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Finding PLM to Fit Midsized High-Tech Companies

It’s clear that mid-market Aerospace suppliers have needs for a PLM system. Learn what you need to consider when choosing a PLM system.

Video: Part Four

Q&A on the New Manufacturing Era

Jeff Smith, A&D Innovation Industry Solution Experience Senior Director, and his expert panel take questions on the new manufacturing era. He also shares the results of the audience polling questions.

From the Experts

“So rather than saying, I have TI64, what can I do with it? It’s gonna be, I have this particular problem, what materials can I create to basically do that.”

– Jeff Smith, A&D Innovation Industry Solution Experience Senior Director

Additional Resources

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Additive Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing (AM) or 3D printing has moved well beyond prototyping. Today, most aerospace companies use it to improve the functionality of existing components and fabricate non-structural parts for commercial and general aviation aircraft.

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The Next Aviation Disruption

Anyone who still considers the idea of point-to-point, on-demand air taxis too futuristic to merit serious thought may want to rethink such a notion. A market for urban air transportation is emerging—effectively airborne versions of Uber and Lyft—and it is probably closer than most people realize.

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