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Developing Smart Tools for the Airbus Factory

Technology Category
  • Analytics & Modeling - Digital Twin / Simulation
Applicable Industries
  • Aerospace
Applicable Functions
  • Product Research & Development
Use Cases
  • Process Control & Optimization
The Challenge

Manufacturing and assembly of aircraft, which involves tens of thousands of steps that must be followed by the operators, and a single mistake in the process could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to fix, makes the room for error very small.

About The Customer
Airbus is a division of Airbus Group SE that manufactures civil aircraft. It is based in Blagnac, France, a suburb of Toulouse, with production and manufacturing facilities mainly in France, Germany, Spain, China, United Kingdom and the United States. The
The Customer
The Solution

Adding intelligence to the tools and shopfloor systems to help simplify the production process and improve production efficiency by managing and checking the tasks the operator is completing. Using the NI System on Module, we can quickly prototype these smart tools. Software Components - NI Linux Real-Time OS - LabVIEW FPGA Module

Data Collected
Operating Time, Operation Performance, Operator Compliance, Production Efficiency
Operational Impact
  • [Efficiency Improvement - R&D]
    NI CompactRIO controller (cRIO-9068) allowed Airbus to integrate IP from existing Airbus libraries and open-source algorithms to validate their concepts quickly.
  • [Efficiency Improvement - R&D]
    The NI Linux Real-Time OS offers a substantial level of abstraction for developing these tools.
Quantitative Benefit
  • Airbus estimates that their time to deliver with the NI SOM is a tenth of the time using alternative approaches.

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