Aeronautics: digital transformation of the sector in 2017
Source – Blog Soprasteria
The Le Bourget fair has just closed its doors and we had the pleasure of participating with CIMPA, our subsidiary PLM (Product Lifecycle Management). This edition has been rich and has once again demonstrated that the aeronautics sector is progressing every year thanks to the tools brought by the new technologies.
France, a major player in the sector
France has a strategic position in this digital transformation market, with 22% market share behind the United States and 35%. Airbus reported sales of $ 70 billion in 2016, and annual production will increase on most of its models by 2019. The firm is the spearhead of the sector in France , With 112,400 employees in 243 companies in 2015.
An increasingly demanding market
Whether customers or builders, the expectations and goals to achieve are always high. An 80% occupancy rate, Wi-Fi and wireless payment on board, luggage location and higher profitability are at the heart of car manufacturers’ concerns today.
For customers, it is above all the value for money that matters. For a cost per trip divided in ten years, the passenger expects an increased quality of service, including access to simple and innovative services (ticket de-materialized, Wi-Fi, etc.).
Aeronautics transforms with digital
To continue to grow, companies in the sector are now using new technologies. From the training of pilots, augmented reality and virtual reality can be used to create more immersive scenarios. For several years the robotization of the production chain has made it possible to improve its efficiency. 3D printing allows the creation of parts on the fly for a low cost, whether for transport or storage.
Drones are used for faster and cheaper inspections. The UAV market will grow by 34% by 2020, knowing that 3 million drones will be produced in 2017.
The Internet of Objects allows efficient traceability thanks to the multiplication of sensors in the planes and the tools of production. Coupled with Big Data and artificial intelligence, it allows to anticipate the malfunctions and to make adjustments to improve the settings.
The Digital Twins are a great trend in 2017 and can be used in aeronautics to analyze the impact of new parts in an aircraft. Within 3 to 5 years, billions of objects will have a double digital. Other technologies like blockchain will have an impact in the coming years if they find their way into the value chain.
All these uses of the technologies make it possible to achieve six major objectives for the aeronautics sector:
The adoption of collaborative work
Improved customer experience
Our participation at the Paris Air Show allowed us to present our solutions for the implementation of these technological solutions. For a more graphic synthesis, you can discover our computer graphics below.