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Aerospace & Defense Case Study Airbus

For the development of its new wide-body aircraft, Airbus needed to ensure quality and consistency across all internal and external stakeholders. Airbus had many challenges including a very aggressive development schedule and the need to ramp up production quickly to satisfy their delivery commitments. The lack of communication extended design time and introduced errors that drove up costs.

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  • SUPPLIER
  • Dassault Systemes
    Dassault Systèmes, the 3DEXPERIENCE Company, provides business and people with virtual universes to imagine sustainable innovations. Its world-leading solutions transform the way products are designed, produced, and supported. Dassault Systèmes’ collaborative solutions foster social innovation, expanding possibilities for the virtual world to improve the real world. The group brings value to over 190,000 customers of all sizes, in all industries, in more than 140 countries.
  • INDUSTRIES
  • Transportation
  • FUNCTIONS
  • Discrete Manufacturing
  • CUSTOMER
  • Airbus is a global leader in aerospace, defense and related services. Airbus is a world’s leading aircraft manufacturer whose customer focus, commercial know-how, technological leadership and manufacturing efficiency have propelled it to the forefront of the industry.

  • CONNECTIVITY PROTOCOLS
  • SOLUTION
  • Airbus uses Dassault Systemes' 3DEXPERIENCE applications for design, simulation and manufacturing on a single platform, where employees and suppliers collaborate in real-time on a unique digital mockup. Airbus federated their development platforms under one umbrella ENOVIA and provided Airbus employees and the extended enterprise with access to this unique data reference.

  • DATA COLLECTED
  • Design Process Flow, Production Efficiency
  • SOLUTION TYPE
  • SOLUTION MATURITY
  • Mature (technology has been on the market for > 5 years)
  • OPERATIONAL IMPACT
  • Impact #1
    [Management Effectiveness - Internal Collaboration]
    Deeper integration of information across departments and business units improves internal collaboration and end-to-end customer service.
    Impact #2
    [Efficiency Improvement - Operation]
    Easier communications, faster decisions and faster problem solving are enabled through 3DEXPERIENCE platform.
    Impact #3
    [Efficiency Improvement - Time To Market]
    Programming time, production time, and early problem identification are shortened during the introduction of new products.
  • QUANTITATIVE BENEFIT
  • Benefit #1

    Engineers have reduced the time needed to update an installation plan by 50%.

    Benefit #2

    The solution has decreased the design change requests generated when creating manual 2D drawings by 25%.

    Benefit #3

    The A350 XWB assembly process was shortened by 30% by starting the cabin installation early.

  • USE CASES
  • Factory Operations Visibility & Intelligence
    Visualizing factory operations data is a challenge for many manufacturers today. One of the IIoT initiatives some manufacturers are pursuing today is providing real-time visibility in factory operations and the health of machines. The goal is to improve manufacturing efficiency. The challenge is in combining and correlating diverse data sources that greatly vary in nature, origin, and life cycle.Factory Operations Visibility and Intelligence (FOVI) is designed to collect sensor data generated on the factory floor, production-equipment logs, production plans and statistics, operator information, and to integrate all this and other related information in the cloud. In this way, it can be used to bring visibility to production facilities, analyze and predict outcomes, and support better decisions for improvements.  
  • SOFTWARE
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