Developing Smart Tools for the Airbus Factory
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.
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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 company employs more than 70,000 people around the world.
- CONNECTIVITY PROTOCOLS
Ethernet Other frequency
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
- SOLUTION TYPE
- SOLUTION MATURITY
Mature (technology has been on the market for > 5 years)
- OPERATIONAL IMPACT
Impact #1 [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.
Impact #2 [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.
- USE CASES
Factory Operations Visibility & IntelligenceVisualizing 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.