Orchestrated Manufacturing

Insights on emerging technologies for products, manufacturing, supply chains and more

What is ‘digital thread’ and how can it help the Aerospace & Defense industry?

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Thread is amazing stuff. Imagine your clothes without it. You’d have buttons over here, cloth over there and the lining somewhere else. That’s not something you could easily wear! A similar situation is happening in the Aerospace and Defense industry. Leading manufacturers have their design data over here, their manufacturing data over there, and their […]

Digital product lifecycle management (PLM) can take aerospace industry to new heights

Aerospace and defense companies, under intense pressure to contain costs and deliver products to market faster, are finding that legacy product lifecycle management (PLM) systems just don’t fly anymore. Companies must migrate to digital-driven PLM, which can provide significant benefits at each stage of the process of designing, prototyping, manufacturing, maintaining, and troubleshooting aircraft. Digital […]

Digital product lifecycle management (PLM) drives innovation in the auto industry

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In the automotive industry, the challenges of designing, building, selling and updating a product has become more about software than steel, and all roads lead to digital-driven product lifecycle management (PLM). Perhaps no industry is undergoing more transformation than the automotive industry, with customers demanding personalization, connectivity, self-driving features and entertainment centers. In response, carmakers […]

Digital platform is the new “Answer for Everything”

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This might be showing my age, but all this messaging around “digital this and digital that” reminds me of Douglas Adams’ great trilogy in five parts, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, in which the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything is “42.” To be fair though, it does seem to […]

Data: Lifeblood for manufacturers

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Manufacturers minimise waste: all aspects of the process from cradle to grave are analysed for cost and process efficiencies. However,  one of the greatest assets – data – is often overlooked. In a traditional model, most of the data such as CAD/CAM, development testing and production data are all put into deep storage once a […]

The pros and cons of the “as a service” business model in manufacturing

While reading, an article in The Manufacturer on Volvo CE, I was struck by just how much the trend to an as a service business model is progressing in the manufacturing industry. It has been around for some time with Rolls-Royce’s “Power by the Hour” approach but has now expanded to a much wider community of adopters […]

Operating your A&D supply chain in a DFARS compliant world

The Aerospace and Defense (A&D) sector is experiencing strong growth following multiple years of weak progress. Factors such as global tensions and aging fleets have combined with technological advancements, engineering innovation and superior product design to fuel this historic growth. The supply chains of these companies will continue to grow in complexity and size. As […]

Auto industry is recovering, but the future looks uncertain

Massive, if not staggering, changes are dramatically affecting the Manufacturing arena. The production for the Automotive industry, from afar, looks stellar in that a 17M Unit SaaR is virtually assured. However, most within the Automotive industry would agree that no one is sitting back, resting on laurels, watching metal leave factories while sipping on expensive […]

Smart factories of the future – today!

A surprising number of manufacturers are still relying on operational technology installed 20 to 30 years ago. They’re trying to run a hodgepodge of shop-floor equipment, some of it new and some units still in service after decades. In this environment, many organizations are challenged with accurate demand planning, visibility into internal and external supply chains and […]

What I learned from our FIRST Robotics team  

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My involvement with the FIRST Robotics program began six years ago when one of our Aerospace and Defense clients asked to “borrow a laptop for a robotics team that is going to a world championship.” I was so enthralled by the program that we donated a couple dozen laptops to FIRST Quebec for a summer […]