Competitive advantage from enhanced productivity

Today, small and medium aerospace and defense suppliers face significant pressure to improve gross margins, revenues and market share. The number of companies competing for business is rising while original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) demand higher production rates while imposing just-in-time delivery of parts and systems requiring greater production flexibility from suppliers.

The Engineered to Fly industry solution experience based on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform allows small and medium suppliers to grow their business profitably. Enhanced business execution begins with knowledge capture of the end-to-end proposal process to ensure repeatability and reusability that allows companies to reduce the time spent on tactical proposal management. This frees companies to respond to more Requests for Quotes (RFQ) and Requests for Proposals (RFP) with improved accuracy on areas such as schedule and cost. In addition, digital continuity provided by the 3DEXPERIENCE platform reduces complexity in product development by integrating functions (e.g., sales, engineering, simulation, manufacturing and quality control). With digital continuityacross functions, or throughout the complete value stream, aerospace and defense suppliers can achieve higher margins through reduced design time; increased quality as issues are identified early, reduced number of duplicate parts, and optimized manufacturing.

Discover the values of the engineered to fly solution:

  • Driven and controlled execution for secure intellectual property (IP) while collaborating with multiple original equipment manufacturers (OEMs)
  • Enhanced operational efficiency leveraging real-time project execution, predefined templates and automated processes
  • Digital continuity optimized with dedicated solutions for each major design class : covering processes from design engineering to manufacturing and production

Win more business

As original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) continue to outsource more, aerospace and defense suppliers of all sizes need a scalable way to increase their bid-win rate. With Project Awarded, suppliers have a structure in place to capture knowledge across the entire proposal process, suppliers can ensure repeatability and reusability to reduce the time spent on proposal management. The resulting time savings free companies to respond to more Requests for Quotations (RFQs) and Requests for Proposals (RFPs) and more importantly, increases accuracy on schedule and cost.

Keys Capabilities & Benefits

  • Instant status from a single dashboard to monitor multiple RFPs
  • Complete traceability of requirements and ability to assign across domains
  • Repeatable use of templates and prior RFPs shortens response time
  • Accurate real-time cost data for improved RFP responses
  • Integrated platform ensures real-time collaboration across disciplines

Keep Projects on-specification, on-budget and on-schedule

Small and medium sized aerospace and defense suppliers consistently need to implement lean improvements to remain competitive. Using Execute on Target, part of the Engineer to Fly industry solution experience, companies benefit from having a single platform for managing products from bid to delivery.

Suppliers have the ability to improve project execution through a driven and controlled approach, including real-time status of proposals and projects, fully secure data and other IP, and full traceability for both regulatory authorities and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), and thus optimize delivery-to-contract and profitability.

Keys Capabilities & Benefits : 

  • Access one, real-time version of program data across the entire team
  • View key indicators and metrics in real-time to keep projects on track
  • Trace changes (program, system, sub-system and component) ensuring compliance to specifications with full traceability
  • Maximize reuse of company intellectual property (IP)

Improve efficiency for build to print

The shift to strategic outsourcing continues to grow among the majority of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and other prime contractors. The result is greater opportunities for companies with core competencies in build to print and build to specification. Build to Print companies are strategically becoming Build to Specification companies.

Machined Components, part of the Engineered to Fly solution experience, provides digital continuity that improves your company’s cost-effectiveness by streamlining operations. It provides a complete and consistent set of applications for the design, simulation, manufacture, and quality control of machined products. Design right first time using integrated simulations that incorporate producibility constraints. Securely reuse product and company intellectual property for multiple customers.

Gain a competitive advantage by employing lean principles including digital continuity resulting in higher quality, reliability and on-time delivery to your customers.

Keys capabilities & benefits

  • Manage one centralized Bill of Materials (BOM) product definition from any CAD model
  • Integrate change and manage its impact on all related data through work instructions
  • Securely reuse of product intellectual property (IP) across customer projects.

Full control of Integrated disciplines

Part of the Engineered to Fly solution, Composites Engineering offers robust design integration across multiple disciplines and provides increased confidence in the ability to increase production rates without compromising quality.

With Composites Engineering, accelerated maturity can be achieved thanks to digital continuity across all disciplines including engineering, analysis, manufacturing and quality control. Engineers can efficiently design their composite parts and assemblies to reach targets quicker with a set of integrated applications that ensure the product definition will be right at first build. Composites Engineering also reduces uncertainty by improving the ability to find the right balance between weight, performance and produce-ability constraints.

Keys capabilities & benefits

  • Early integration of manufacturing specifications into composites design
  • Automated generation of drawings and manufacturing work instructions
  • Digital continuity across disciplines from design to manufacturing
  • Secure reuse of Intellectual Property IP (e.g., material properties, oriented design)
  • Traceable specifications from design and design simulation through to manufacturing

Design for requirements through manufacturing

Part of the Engineered to Fly solution, Sheet Metal Engineering offers tool makers a systems-based, multi-disciplinary development process for producing sheet metal parts and components.  The solution offers state of the art capabilities integrated across multiple disciplines and sources. This increases confidence that the product definition is to specifications. Digital continuity across functions offers a lean, efficient way to deliver to ever increasing production rates without compromising quality.

With Sheet Metal Engineering, designers can efficiently design complex sheet metal parts more quickly. An engineer works concurrently on the 3D and flat pattern. The result being that when changes are made to the 3D model, the flat pattern updates automatically.

Keys capabilities & benefits

  • Concurrent work reduces design and manufacturing errors up to 50%
  • Reduces change modifications (through automated design and check rules) up to 60%
  • Lowers design and manufacturing errors (through process improvement) up to 50%
  • Cuts design modifications (via reuse of Intellectual Property IP and automated design and check rules) by up to 60%
  • Minimizes redundant parts by leveraging exisitng parts via smart catalogue

Develop a competitive edge

Part of the Engineered to Fly solution, Mold & Tooling Engineering provides an integrated solution covering part design through tooling manufacturing for plastic components. The solution automats design tasks and assists the user with decision-making and to anticipate and check manufacturing compliance. Tool makers benefit from a best in class solution enables on-line engineering collaboration and allows optimization of mold & tooling designs.

With Mold & Tooling Engineering, companies benefit digital continuity across functions to develop a competitive edge by reducing the overall time required to generate molds by up to 30%. And, have the ability to validate designs virtually before production, allowing development of more complex projects.  Companies can also reduce overall cycle times by up to 40% by reducing design time, minimizing the number of errors and standardizing processes.

Keys capabilities & benefits

  • Increase complexity of projects and productivity of global process
  • Provide the right quality molds at the right cost
  • Develop competitive edge

Optimize Hardware & Systems Engineering

Process innovation from new technology offers small and medium-sized companies a competitive advantage. Equipment and System Engineering, part of the Engineered to Fly solution, addresses multi-discipline engineering challenges surrounding the integration of mechanical designs within systems that improves multiple complex processes resulting in improved quality and reduced costs.

The solution supports mechanical engineering for electrical and fluidics design and complete integration into a system architecture. Using the3DEXPERIENCE® platform for all data and intellectual property (IP), from product specification to manufacturing requirements, allows secure access in real-time by all product stakeholders. In addition, the unique RFLP (requirement, functional, logical, physical) infrastructure links manufacturing planning and documentation with internal system requirements, functional definition, logical definition, physical definition and behavior simulation. End-to-end traceability from the original requirements to the final product helps optimize the systems design.

Lean improvements result from using a single, unified product definition across all related engineering disciplines. This capability allows cross-discipline systems modeling, optimization and analysis, and systems-level configuration management.

Keys capabilities & benefits

  • Faster design of complex, large-scale electrical systems with one product definition shared across all stakeholders
  • Improved product and system (e.g., electrical, fluidics) quality through design and manufacturing integration
  • Robust designs developed through realistic deformation of flexible harnesses by simulating the environment (e.g., gravity and non-linear harness behavior)
  • Automatic design changes that also include 3D manufacturing information from a 3D electrical design of the wire harness design data model
  • Optimized mechanical design of complex systems and manufacturing integration supports end to end lean processes
  • Removes time consuming manual data transfers and the complexity of managing multiple tools