In the Aerospace and Defense industry, the pressure is on to reduce costs for taxpayers and to reduce overhead at your own companies. Also a concern is maintaining proper records and conforming to military and global design standards. This requires a deep understanding of the processes and software systems that are used to create accurate and cost effective designs. Below are several challenges that aerospace and defense companies face and solutions that CAPINC offers to solve these challenges.
In no other industry is form and function so closely coupled. The need to ensure reliability and performance while simultaneously squeezing every ounce out of the power-to-weight ratio gives rise to complex shapes with tight manufacturing requirements. Niche CAD products abound as do a variety of CAM solutions. Supply chains are broad and deep with data changing hands several times before it reaches its final destination. And in the middle of this vast ecosystem stands SolidWorks. With flexible surfacing functions, forgiving import tools, and straightforward usability, SolidWorks boasts a power-to-weight ratio that is the envy of any aerospace application.
Projects in aerospace and defense industry are often carried by different teams of multi-disciplinary engineers as well as independent supply chain partners that provide additional support and systems that need to be integrated into the design. Communication challenges are inherent, as changes in the design affect multiple design disciplines.
SolidWorks Electrical’s unique multi-user database provides control and management of projects. Engineers and Project Managers can work simultaneously on a single project accessing a centrally stored database, with each person having controlled access to their own work. Changes made in the design are immediately updated across the whole system across the mechanical and electrical domain.
SolidWorks Electrical fully supports the use of MIL-DTL-38999 series connectors. These parts are intended for where a quick disconnect coupling system are required for blind mating or other mating problem areas. To learn more watch a webcast on this topic.
Make sure everyone can understand your MRO instructions. Recent trends in the Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) industry can be captured by three statistics:
- North America is 36% of the global MRO market.
- Independent MRO providers, usually smaller companies unrelated to the airline, perform 31% -65% of heavy airframe maintenance depending on sector
- Labor makes up 77% of the cost of heavy airframe maintenance operations.
(Source: 2012 ARSA Global MRO Market Economic Assessment)
Those numbers mean a growing amount of MRO will be done by workers who may not speak English as a first language, who may have less experience, or broad but not deep experience with a certain airframe, and whose employers are looking to reduce turnaround time (and thus labor costs) above all else. That means your assembly manuals need clearer images than CAD screenshots or photographs can provide, with less text, and need to be understood in less time than ever before. SolidWorks Composer gives you the ability to import CAD from any source (SolidWorks, Pro-E/Creo, CATIA, neutral STEP/IGES formats, etc.) and quickly create detailed 2D or 3D images that show exactly what you mean. Composer users have reduced new hire training time by 50-60%, reduced assembly errors by 1/3rd, and done it in the same amount of time it would have take to make their existing text-heavy manuals. Except that Composer manuals update when the CAD geometry changes, making 90% of late stage assembly instruction changes unnecessary.
Enterpise PDM (EPDM) delivers real value to Aerospace and Defense companies by providing an inexpensive and effective data management tool that puts in place a highly secure file vault. Besides being a single source of data EPDM also allows full work flow management that streamlines internal processes that will push efficiency to new levels. EPDM readily maintains version and revision history management vital to these industries.
Stratasys’ patented FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) technology is commonly used by aerospace design engineers for concept modeling and prototyping, but that’s not all. Aerospace manufacturing engineers are now employing these technologies for various applications such as jigs, fixtures, check gauges, and even as end use parts. FDM technology gives you the most flexibility with a variety of thermoplastics designed for aerospace applications – like Ultem.
Most aerospace and defense companies have lots of .dwg based documents that need to be maintained and edited. DraftSight Premium Pack is a powerful .dwg based system that you can implement to ensure that your drawings will always be ready to revise when that time comes. Check out the DraftSight Premium Services ROI Calculator (visit DraftSight.com/ROI) and in less than one minute learn how you can save money by investing in DraftSight’s Premium Pack vs. maintaining your current CAD product and service.
For AS9102 compliance, documentation must be generated that will serve as a customer and supplier quality record for planning, accountability review, performing periodic audits, evaluating root cause and performing corrective action. Creation and maintenance of AS9102 FAIs is arguably the most costly and error-prone work associated with AS9102 compliance documentation. InspectionXpert can help you comply with this standard by automating the identification and extraction of inspection characteristics (e.g. dimensions, tolerances, etc…) from your drawings.