November 30, 2022

Transforming Aerospace & Defense Manufacturing

DELMIA Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) is one such solution that can help companies build a connected and integrated value network that leverages real-time data for continuous improvement.
Avatar Wendy (Klotz) Mlynarek

The Aerospace and Defense industry has weathered turbulent times in recent years, dealing with extraordinary challenges in the form of geopolitical events, climate-related disasters, and more.

Supply chains are being tested in how they deal with these disruptions while grappling with today’s industry trends—with increasing demand for better quality and more customized products delivered in shorter cycles. Only organizations that had the foresight and flexibility to build an agile and resilient system would be able to re-emerge successfully.

To cope with this uphill climb, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) need to rethink their operations and move towards digitalization. DELMIA Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) is one such solution that can help companies build a connected and integrated value network that leverages real-time data for continuous improvement.

This will enable organizations to innovate, optimize and plan ahead to overcome present and future challenges.

DELMIA Manufacturing Operations Management used in airplanes for the aerospace & defense industry.

Challenge #1: Evolving Demands

Historically, production lines have been configured to deliver high volumes of a limited variety of products. This no longer fits in today’s Aerospace and Defense manufacturing landscape that calls for more customized products. How can production lines become more flexible and adapt to changes?

With DELMIA MOM, manufacturers can:

  • Gain global manufacturing visibility and better control over operations
  • Increase operational efficiency
  • Accelerate New Product Introduction (NPI)
  • Adapt production to changes in demand with agility

Challenge #2: Lack of Traceability

With the rising complexity of products, it is crucial to have traceability and genealogy—especially with increasingly stringent regulatory requirements. This ensures that any defective or unsafe product can be identified swiftly—minimizing the need for recalls and avoiding unnecessary costs.

With DELMIA MOM, manufacturers can:

  • Improve visibility on the production history of a component or product
  • Standardize and control quality processes across the organization
  • Contain potential non-conformances early in the production cycle

Challenge #3: Siloed Warehouse Management

When warehouse management and manufacturing operations work in silos, unsynchronized material flows can cause all kinds of problems from poor warehouse management to inefficient operations that lead to shipment delays.

With DELMIA MOM, manufacturers can:

  • Optimize operational efficiency while eliminating idle inventory
  • Synchronize material flows to production in real time
  • Lead a demand-driven enterprise

Challenge #4: Unforeseen Machine Breakdowns

Manufacturers incur mounting costs for every minute of production downtime due to unforeseen machine breakdowns. Imagine if you could anticipate these disruptions and schedule preventive maintenance to minimize downtime.

With DELMIA MOM, manufacturers can:

  • Optimize coordination of maintenance across all operations
  • Increase equipment uptime
  • Improve manufacturing productivity and quality
  • Reduce maintenance costs
  • Expand maintenance productivity and effectiveness to offline locations
  • Monitor KPIs such as mean time between failures (MTBF) and mean time to repair (MTTR)

Challenge #5: Inaccurate Tracking of Labor Costs

Many manufacturers are still tied to manual data entry and extensive paper records when it comes to labor. This runs a risk of discrepancies that can lead to understaffing or overstaffing in certain roles. The former results in delays while the second translates into unnecessary labor costs. Both impact your organization’s profitability.

With DELMIA MOM, manufacturers can:

  • Automate and optimize time and attendance tracking
  • Utilize lean analysis to improve operations by capturing value add and non-value add times
  • Eliminate paper tracking and manual data entry

Interested to explore how DELMIA MOM can help your organization maximize manufacturing and operational efficiency to drive a competitive advantage? Download the eBook now: Digital Precision in Aerospace and Defense Manufacturing.

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