Orchestrated Manufacturing

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How ‘smart machinery access’ boosts heavy equipment health and safety

The concept of creating a “smart factory” by integrating IoT devices, digital twin technology, advanced data analytics and automation of the complete product lifecycle is gaining widespread acceptance. But what about extending digitization beyond the production line and its immediate environment to include heavy machinery, bulldozers, overhead gantry cranes, oversized trucks, forklifts, oilfield pieces, wheel […]

Is your data inhibiting your digital thread? 3 ways to establish a data strategy

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Products built by aerospace and defense companies are highly engineered and sophisticated, which means they’re often complex. That’s not a bad thing. But they’re also complex in ways that are undesirable. Products and their constituent parts are tracked in dozens of systems –from design to manufacturing to maintenance — which can result in an average […]

What is ‘digital thread’ and how can it help the aerospace manufacturing 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 manufacturing industry. Leading manufacturers have their design data over here, their manufacturing data over there, and their maintenance […]

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 […]