How and why digitalization of operations can benefit Aerospace and Defense sectors?

Digital transformation has become inevitable in all industrial activity sectors. In fact, this revolution in the industrial world helps companies to optimize their work process, operational performance, customer relationship as well as products and services.

In recent years, we find that industries in the aeronautic and defense sector have to cope with several challenges.

Addressing challenge for Aerospace products manufacturing: the cost of quality and the rigidity of regulations

Plane manufacturing: meet strict process and quality control

The aeronautic industry is characterized by a heavy and technical regulation. The great challenge of the quality service of an aeronautic company is to get conforming products while improving performance at a reduced cost.

Therefore, turning to digitalization is considered as an efficient solution in order to ensure quality within an industry.

Using digital tools allow to:

  • Control the manufacturing process
  • Prevent defects and ensure responsiveness in record time to resolve problems
  • Maintain the production means quality

Besides, collecting and analyzing data in real time helps to perform maintenance both predictive and corrective. This will considerably reduce the repair costs in case of breakdown or dysfunction. Indeed, predictive maintenance ensures to prevent future breakdown. As for the corrective maintenance, it helps to determine how to replace the pieces in the most effective way.

Security requirements

A major challenge in the aeronautic sector, security is at the heart of the digital transformation problems. In fact, accuracy of the information collected in real time is a real priority in this sector. Indeed, being in perpetual innovation, digital tools increasingly ensure the security of digital data. Hence, industries have to keep pace so they don’t end up using outdated software.

Continuous improvement requires high quality data

Reducing non-quality is also a major challenge in the aeronautic sector. In this framework, it should be known that quality can be improved by assisting the operator with digital instructions. In this type of industry, the volume of documents to be managed is generally large. We find that in certain machining or assembly sites, operators can spend more than 20% of their time filling out paper document forms.

In addition, static paper documents are not responsive enough to capture critical production information in real time.

Picomto, an easy-to-use digital solution reduces the time spent on processing and reading documentation.  This also helps to bring relevant and up-to-date production data to every stage of the program development process.

This also helps to accelerate the training of an operator on a machine and a reference.

The digitalization of work instructions will reverse the trend

The goal of digitalization in the aeronautic field is to simplify the process. Indeed, whether in the civil field or the military field, the aeronautic industrial sector has always been distinguished by sudden variations.