To stay innovative and meet the requirements of the aviation industry, suppliers need to be more innovative and flexible to stay on track. Presently, global airlines are expanding their fleet and at the same time demanding new technology. For the airlines, new technologies are a must to streamline operations, reduce cost and increase their competitive edge (Strategy&).
What impact does that have on the suppliers? According to Oliver Wyman, global leader in management consulting, European Aerospace suppliers are presently facing three main challenges:
As the report points out these challenges have a downstream impact so all companies in the supply chain must become more robust and agile. Focusing on engineering processes and practices is imperative so not to add to the negative impact. Naturally, the more technology that comes into play the greater the product complexity and the higher demands on
It´s a tall order and to add to the frustration customers want a broader range and selection of products. In the case of the airlines this diverse range of aircraft models naturally will include an exponentially increasing amount of software. So how can the aircraft manufacturers bring all those elements together in a way that is profitable for all?
In essence mechanical, electrical, and software disciplines must intertwine to produce the fastest, cheapest and most best-in-class products on the market. That's why manufacturing leaders are increasingly adopting model-based systems engineering techniques that unify all stakeholders through a common, visual language and structured engineering approach.
The airline industry has long struggled with margins and now they are raising the stakes and improving profitability. In response, the aircraft manufacturers are moving to these new technologies and approaches to increase productivity, quality and competitive advantage. It is only through the implementation of such techniques that suppliers will be able to meet the requirements and demands of the growing airline industry.
Rolls-Royce is one of the world’s leading producers of aero engines for large civil aircraft and corporate jets. They are the second largest provider of defense aero engines in the world and in the production of their engines and control systems.
In the case of Rolls-Royce, 15% of their engineering staff are systems engineers who apply and benefit from a model-based systems engineering approach. This approach has been instrumental in helping identifying problems early in the development stage which has led to a 20-40% reduction in the number of requirements and a 20-40% increase in reuse. This leads to massive savings for the company and means that productivity and quality is top notch.
In a collaboration webcast, Fran Thom (Head of the Software Centre of Excellence) explained how Rolls-Royce apply model-based approaches to systems engineering to enable cross-discipline collaboration. The ‘whole system model’ is at the core, enabling Rolls-Royce deliver the products that their customers and business need.”