Why the aerospace industry must adopt condition-based maintenance
By Dave Chan and John Cunneen – When the aerospace industry adopts condition-based maintenance and predictive maintenance methods, the cost of owning and operating aircraft is minimized, downtime is reduced and airworthiness is easier to prove.
Unfortunately, many companies seem to simply go through the motions and use antiquated and increasingly unreliable methods to track reliability and, as a result, spend more downtime than needed conducting unnecessary maintenance. This not only increases costs but, more importantly, can put the safety of the aircraft at risk.
In our previous blogs, we discussed the cost of certification and the increasing burdens placed on aircraft companies to prove, through certification documentation, that their aircraft meet the government safety standards established in countries and regions worldwide. We also discussed some of the digital tools available to help manage this process, lower costs, decrease time-to-market and increase availability/readiness.
Digitalization can ease the burden of designing and manufacturing an aircraft, but it’s also a pivotal strategy to implement these digital tools to increase the efficiency of maintaining, repairing and operating the aircraft.
Major industries such as maritime and oil and gas are using condition-based maintenance to lower costs and reduce downtime. With the maritime industry, just like the aerospace industry, reliability, availability, maintainability, and safety (RAMS) are key in keeping a maritime fleet operational. more>
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Siemens – In an industry that demands new products at an unprecedented rate, electronics companies are increasingly relying on “smart manufacturing” to address the challenges of complexity, customization, compliance, globalization and customer expectations for near-perfect quality.
Smart manufacturing – employing computer control and high levels of adaptability – takes advantage of powerful information and manufacturing technologies that enable flexibility in physical processes for a dynamic and global market.
The foundation of smart manufacturing is an integrated platform that unites all of the domains required to engineer, manufacture and deliver today’s smart products. Smart manufacturing is a digitalized development strategy that encompasses the entire process, from PCB design and factory floor optimization to incorporating customer feedback in new designs.
This approach can reduce time-to-market by up to 50 percent, shrink development costs by as much as 25 percent and enable electronics companies to deliver near-perfect product quality.
A digitalization strategy is aimed at creating digital twins of products, production, and performance – detailed and accurate replicas that help accelerate the development, manufacturing, delivery, and service of their real-world counterparts. more>
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Motorsports is speeding the way to safer urban mobility
A novel Siemens partnership will apply the advanced automated and connected vehicle technologies to boost safety – first in motorsports and eventually in urban environments. The partnership brings together Siemens, with its broad, chip-to-city transportation technology portfolio, and the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), the world leader in the most advanced forms of motorsports.
By Edward Bernardon – The World Rally Championship is a fast, exciting and spectacular event, but it can also be dangerous, even for spectators. Some people risk their lives for a perfect photo or the perfect view. Spectators often cross barriers or suddenly jump out of scrubs just to take the ultimate photo of a passing Rally car – risking their own life and potentially endangering fellow-spectators, drivers and co-drivers.
Last year more than four million spectators attended Rally events, which take place on stages that can stretch across more than 25 kilometers. This can make it difficult for race organizers to monitor an entire stage, which are often on relatively narrow dirt and gravel roads that cut through diverse terrain, further hampering efforts of marshals or spotters to watch for fans who may be in harm’s way.
Rally organizers want the ability to quickly detect people in these unsafe areas. They need a solution that provides complete situational awareness of spectator location and flow in order to ensure that all spectators can safely enjoy an event. more>
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How Orlando’s Work With Digital Twins May Change How We Engineer Everything
By Michael Keller – This is the home of BRIDG, a public-private partnership established to bring advanced microelectronics research to market through the fabrication of silicon wafers. Printed on these wafers are the microchips that enable everything from smartphones to aircraft guidance systems. The BRIDG facility, the newest of its kind in the country, can produce a mix of single wafers for prototyping and support low-volume production. Each wafer is capable of holding thousands of microchips.
“Whether we’re talking about the automotive industry, healthcare, or aerospace and defense, these chips are integral to microelectronics in our modern world,” said Fran Korosec, BRIDG’s vice president of program management.
Building chips on these wafers is no small feat. A chip could have tens of millions of transistors on every square millimeter. To help with this complex work, BRIDG is among the first in the semiconductor industry to rely on complete digital replicas of physical chip components and the physical manufacturing process used to make them.
It’s an innovation called the digital twin, and both BRIDG and Orlando are at the forefront of bringing this technology to industry. more>
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Perceptible differences that drive top-line growth
Siemens – 150 million times a day…
…someone, somewhere in the world, chooses a Unilever product.
Unilever’s brand portfolio spans 14 categories of home, personal care and food products and includes world favorites such as Lipton, Knorr, Dove and Omo. The company employs 179,000 people in 100 countries worldwide. Its products are sold in the Americas, Europe and Asia/Africa in roughly equal distribution.
Innovation is critical to sustaining Unilever’s growth. “We see product innovation as one of the key drivers of top-line growth,” says Huw Evans, R&D director of information in Unilever’s Home and Personal Care Division. Unilever defines product innovation this way:
“Product innovation means providing the consumer with a product that delivers a perceivable benefit that is differentiated from those of our competitors and that differentiation drives the choice to purchase and use that product,” explains Evans.
“You can change products to improve their price differentials, for example, but if the consumer is not really experiencing a difference, then we wouldn’t classify that as innovation. Innovation is about consumer-perceptible benefits that drive choice. To help achieve this Unilever invests €1 billion every year in research and development, which includes support for five major laboratories around the world that explore new thinking and techniques to help develop our products.” more>
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New technology in industry is creating a platform economy
By Frank_Fang – Twenty years ago, product-centric companies dominated a list of the most valuable companies in the world. The list was a Who’s Who of automotive, manufacturing, oil and gas, and brick-and-mortar retailers.
Today, platform-based businesses rule.
This new economy forces product-centric manufacturing companies to rethink how they transform digitally to survive and thrive in a data-rich market. It’s no secret that new technology and new approaches eventually supersede the old.
We’re witnessing one of these periods now. As manufacturers look for ways to radically redefine processes through the hype of the sharing economy, online platforms, the end of money and all the other buzzwords people use today, digital twin evolution will lead to platform economy, a state Viktor Mayer-Schönberger foresees in his book Reinventing Capitalism in the Age of Big Data.
Digital twins, which evolve from decades of simulation and analysis in engineering, are high fidelity models for actual physical objects such as a product or production process. Using computer aided-design, model-based system engineering and multiphysics simulation tools, a designer or engineer creates a digital representation for a physical object or process.
The digital twin is no longer science fiction. For example, NASA used this approach to design, engineer and produce two Mars rovers: Curiosity and InSight.
Since you can’t build a Mars environment on earth, you simply bring Mars to the computer and digitally test your Mars rover. more>
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Manufacturing Operations Center
Siemens – Siemens Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) software is a holistic solution that enables you to implement your strategy for the complete digitalization of manufacturing operations. Our portfolio provides end-to-end visibility into production allowing decision makers to readily identify areas to be improved within both the product design and associated manufacturing processes, and make the necessary operational adjustments for smoother and more efficient production.
The technologies and architecture of the our portfolio adapt to the specific requirements of different industrial processes. It provides comprehensive MOM applications with a rich ecosystem of industry-specific functionalities developed from deep expertise in manufacturing. The highly scalable platform delivers multiple capabilities and enables customers to combine production efficiency with quality and visibility to reduce time to production.
Our products provide solutions for:
• Advanced Planning and Scheduling
• Manufacturing Execution
• Quality Management
• Manufacturing Intelligence
• R&D and Quality management for process industries
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Curtiss-Wright continuously improves electronics production processes
SIEMENS – Consumers all over the world have more product choices than ever before. Electronics manufacturers and suppliers are under tremendous pressure to deliver innovative, high-quality products and components as efficiently as possible while adhering to industry standards.
However, what should they look for in a product lifecycle management (PLM) and digital manufacturing (DM) solution? What are the essentials needed to achieve excellence in electronics manufacturing?
Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing designs and manufactures rugged circuit card assemblies for the military commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) market. The clear leader in this arena, Curtiss-Wright offers the industry’s broadest product set including graphic cards, I/O cards, and digital signal processors used on air, ground and military platforms.
With a Tecnomatix® digital manufacturing solution Curtiss-Wright issues and tracks work orders and takes the extra step of including the information needed for manufacturing (design files, drawings and bills of material), which it accesses from other critical applications. Tecnomatix delivers this information electronically to manufacturing engineers and shop floor personnel, eliminating the labor and paper that used to be required to obtain and distribute these documents. More importantly, production always gets accurate and up-to-date information, preventing costly mistakes and rework. more> http://tinyurl.com/k45p8sq
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