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Digitalization and the Aerospace & Defense Industry
As aerospace and defense OEMs are seeing an increase in advanced platforms and the need to abide by new environmental regulations, industry suppliers cannot afford to inherit mishaps when producing parts and components. They must stay current and leverage tools in order to keep up with industry requirements and regulations, while also expanding their own presence to stay relevant and tackle business challenges. We provide software and training solutions that allow design engineers and manufacturers to go from concept to completion more efficiently. Our practices also ensures for a better production process while eliminating pressure on suppliers to keep up with industry demands and requests for higher production rates.
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As aerospace and defense OEMs are seeing an increase in advanced platforms and the need to abide by new environmental regulations, industry suppliers cannot afford to inherit mishaps when producing parts and components. They must stay current and leverage tools in order to keep up with industry requirements and regulations, while also expanding their own presence to stay relevant and tackle business challenges.
We provide software and training solutions that allow design engineers and manufacturers to go from concept to completion more efficiently. Our practices also ensures for a better production process while eliminating pressure on suppliers to keep up with industry demands and requests for higher production rates.
IN REAL LIFE
Airbus Defence and Space
“Previously, we took about 30 minutes to get the data back and something like 20 minutes to program the amplifiers. It is much, much faster today.”
Paul-Eric Dupuis, Head of Environmental Test Programs, R&D | Airbus Defense and Space
Obtaining information from time-history data slowed down the testing process for the team at Airbus. Since 2000, they used a custom-built programmable system to run test campaigns. They later realized that maintenance issues and continual challenges for safe testing and satellite validation for components and scientific equipment was a continuous problem that needed to be addressed – especially before they took on the Gaia project (a complex two-ton machine packed with sophisticated instrumentation).
The team considered Simcenter’s advanced testing and simulation features and noticed right away fewer issues, a smoother workflow, and accurate data delivery. “Previously, we took about 30 minutes to get the data back and 20 minutes to program the amplifiers,” recalls Dupuis. “[We can] perform a full campaign within a 5-day work week. And by a full campaign, we mean 3-axis sine tests and acoustic tests. I don’t think any other test center can do this.”
IN REAL LIFE
“[We created] a digital twin of the parts we needed to produce … and developed and verified machining strategies well in advance of the production process. This allowed us to provide valuable advice to our customers in the early stages of product creation so they can modify the designs for improved manufacturability.”
Patrick Ziswiler, Managing Director | C-Mill Technologies
Back in 1997, C-Mill leveraged high-speed cutting (HSC) – a new mechanical technology that was sparsely used in production environments. As they wanted to offer customers a combination of top precision and shorter turnaround time, they began looking into solutions that helped meet demanding quality requirements, tight deadliness, and machine difficult materials – including titanium, Inconel, to tantalum. However, everything required manual work and management. “[Our] process involved exporting 2D drawings from 3D CAD models, manually augmenting all dimensions with various tolerances, and programming CMM online until completed,” explains Ziswiler.
As the team was already leveraging NX CAM, they looked into its CMM inspection capabilities – enabling them to streamline the CMM inspection program development and measurements analysis process. The CMM features allowed the team to run inspection tasks whenever required. “An inspection can be performed the moment a part leaves the milling center so the machine is not kept idle.” The solution led the team to much more efficient measuring processes and also cut measuring equipment downtime by 80 percent.
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Zipline International Inc
“Our operators who are running the distribution center in Rwanda can’t be thinking about drone technology or weather concerns. They have to be focused on who needs what medical supply and get it there on time, right away. That’s all they need to be thinking about.”
Keenan Wyrobeck, Co-Founder / Head of Engineering | Zipline International Inc
It’s estimated that more than 2 billion people lack adequate access to essential medical products. The team at Zipline was determined to get medical supplies to the countries that didn’t have easy access to it. “We looked at the problems people were trying to solve, the problem of logistics with traveling over dirt roads and rainy seasons…,” explains Wyrobeck. After considering his options, he came to the conclusion that he could “fly over those roads, get these products there and have a massive healthcare impact.”
By leveraging NX, Zipline could load the entire aircraft drone into the CAD model and check the fit of individual parts against the rest of the plane. The software solution allowed the team to “create a shell for our entire vehicle and work from the inside out … in order to develop [the drone] rapidly.”
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“The processes developed by OPT’ALM paved the way for new manufacturing and repair methods … [it] represents a game-changer for industrialists.”
Alain Toufine, CEO | OPT’ALM
“Other solutions adapt or derive the traditional 5-axis CAM machining approach to 3D printing,” explains Jean Daniel Klockbring (Business Partner for OPT’ALM). OPT’ALM manufactures custom aerospace parts using a mix process, additive manufacturing, and traditional production methods. As production can get costly due to difficult-to-produce metal parts, they needed an efficient process that was faster, cost-efficient, and environmentally friendly. They turned to Siemens NX because of it’s multi-axis deposition module to stimulate and control their MODULO 400 BeAM machine.
The company saw significant gains – from reduced cycle times to 60 percent material savings. What typically took five sub-assemblies to complete now took them a single operation to produce parts. “We went for reliability, performance and customization ability,” said Alain Toufine, CEO at OPT’ALM. The solution “offered a real ‘additive’ strategy with a high-performance, multi-axis module that immediately won us over.”
We offer preferred pricing for Siemens NX design and manufacturing software to authorized aerospace and defense suppliers*. The Preferred Supplier program allows qualified companies to invest in the best Siemens Digital Industries Software technology and receive best-in-class technical support from our certified NX engineers – all at a preferred price**.
* Authorized aerospace suppliers for approved OEMs only. ** Qualified aerospace suppliers can receive up to 35% off the list price of Siemens design, manufacturing and product data management software – dependent on tier, OEM, and other criteria.