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Aircraft & Airframes

Aircraft companies must launch new and derivative aircraft programs on schedule and budget to be competitive. Demand for improved aircraft performance, production flexibility, reduced operating cost and increased dispatch reliability makes this challenging. These requirements are further complicated by a complex global supply chain comprised of diverse suppliers and partners.

Aircraft & Airframes

Aircraft companies must launch new and derivative aircraft programs on schedule and budget to be competitive. Demand for improved aircraft performance, production flexibility, reduced operating cost and increased dispatch reliability makes this challenging. These requirements are further complicated by a complex global supply chain comprised of diverse suppliers and partners.

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Reporting and Analytics

Customized dashboards in our solution provide aerospace and defense companies with greater visibility across the enterprise as well as a new level of traceability that reduces errors and prevents the late discovery of issues. Advanced analytics, made possible by combining Internet of Things (IoT) data from assets in the field (the “Physical Twin”) with engineering insight (the “Digital Twin”) improve product availability and performance.

Requirements Management

Our solution allows companies to capture, keep up with, and deliver requirements to everyone involved in product development process so that right decisions result in right products.

IP Protection & Export Control

One of the key challenges facing highly regulated industries such as aerospace and defense is difficulty in achieving program goals while navigating the global IP and export control (ITAR) regulatory environment. Another challenge is enabling global collaboration and innovation. In each case, a key requirement is for all parties – suppliers, partners, contractors, customers, subsidiaries, and joint ventures – to be able to share sensitive company and product data in a secure and collaborative environment.

Engineering Data Management

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Product Design for Aerospace & Defense Suppliers

Given the number of companies involved in aerospace and defense programs, the multidisciplinary nature of projects, and the need for efficient information exchange, companies must be able to work with many different CAD formats. Our broad selection of data exchange tools supports vendor-neutral standard exchange formats, data translators, and CAD file conversion tools to accurately move data between systems.

Aircraft Performance Engineering

The aerodynamic, structural, and system choices of today define the aircraft performance of tomorrow and can make or break the aircraft program’s 10 to 40 year future. An integrated digitalization strategy accelerates aircraft programs and reduces engineering risk to achieve better designs faster, thus eliminating costly issues later in design cycle.

Additive Design & Manufacturing

Our integrated software applications for additive manufacturing help you reimagine products, retool manufacturing, and rethink business models for optimal performance at reduced cost.

Supply Chain Collaboration

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Technical Publishing

Creating supporting technical documentation for aerospace and defense systems requires collaboration and input from many different companies and teams. Our solution brings the documentation process into the PLM environment, and allows documents to be easily tailored by market, language or product.

Assembly Manufacturing Engineering

Aerospace and defense programs are becoming more complex and the need for greater program performance has never been so critical. To win business in today's highly competitive environment, companies must submit attractive bids that include the demonstrated ability to deliver on program targets, requirements and production schedules. Our solutions digitalize the manufacturing process so you can maximize productivity, increase profitability and execute more efficiently than your competition to drive business growth in today’s tough markets.

Manufacturing Data Management

Tremendous advances in manufacturing technology and the move to Industry 4.0 are changing the way aerospace systems are made. This is creating challenges across the supply chain as companies look for ways to keep up with OEMs’ demands. Our solution enables manufacturing companies to integrate and digitalize the entire value chain, increasing their competitiveness by making manufacturing processes more agile, flexible and efficient.

Advanced Manufacturing for Product Realization

Aerospace and defense companies face unprecedented competitive pressure as well as demanding customers seeking greater accountability in program performance. To compete successfully and achieve program excellence, they must make manufacturing a core part of the program development process. An integrated collaborative environment enables a model-driven process that extends from CAD/CAM to CNC machining and quality inspection, delivering a new level of productivity.

In-service Data Management

Aerospace and defense products are highly complex, must perform in extreme environments, must maintain highest standards of safety and reliability, and typically have a very long lifecycle. Our in-service lifecycle management solution manages the physical equipment configuration to support maintenance through status characteristics and history of part removal/installation/inspection. Leveraging core PLM functions such as security, workflow, change and document management, our approach aligns asset BOMs and knowledge with physical asset structures for improved service delivery.

Integrated Program Planning & Execution

Consistent program planning and execution excellence are essential to winning new business. Our solution provides a systems approach to program planning and execution by integrating cost, schedule and technical requirements in a fully planned, resourced and budgeted program management system. The solution is easy to maintain and scalable to commercial and government programs of any size. Improve your ability to execute on cost and schedule by using an integrated system that manages all program artifacts.  

Model Based Product Definition

Complex aerospace and defense industry products are produced using a global supply chain, with each company creating and consuming product data in a variety of formats. The resulting lack of interoperability hinders collaboration and reuse, which in turn impacts the ability to deliver on cost and schedule. Our model-based product definition solution enables the production of a complete digital product definition within a 3D model that functions as a single source of truth for all applications.

Verification Management

Our aerospace and defense verification management solution helps companies achieve faster time to certification by providing a single, integrated environment that ensures all product verification events, whether simulation modeling and analysis or physical tests, are driven by requirements, planned and executed in the correct sequence, link individual tests and analyses to necessary resources and provide full traceability.

Advanced Aero-Structures

Our composite engineering design and manufacturing solution enables engineers to rapidly and confidently develop complex advanced aero-structures. It enables OEMs to meet requirements for schedule, strength, weight, durability, manufacturing first-time yield, and field repair for the most challenging aerospace applications.

3D Massive Model Visualization

Today’s aerospace and defense programs must deliver products that meet all technical and performance requirements at cost and on schedule while often utilizing globally distributed suppliers and partners. These suppliers and partners might be using a diverse set of engineering applications. Our solution provides digital mockup and visualization of multi-CAD assemblies so that everyone can access and collaborate with design and process data to make informed decisions.

Product Realization

Companies in the aerospace and defense industry face a number of challenges, including increasingly complex programs, fierce competition, heightened regulatory requirements and changing customer priorities. One strategy that can help you successfully execute programs in this environment is to shift manufacturing considerations to earlier in the product lifecycle. We offer a process-driven PLM approach that brings manufacturing engineering into every aspect of your aerospace program, starting with the bid and continuing throughout the product lifecycle.

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Verification Management

Our aerospace and defense verification management solution helps companies achieve faster time to certification by providing a single, integrated environment that ensures all product verification events, whether simulation modeling and analysis or physical tests, are driven by requirements, planned and executed in the correct sequence, link individual tests and analyses to necessary resources and provide full traceability.

Part Manufacturing for Aerospace & Defense

Digitally transform your aerospace part manufacturing and become more competitive, efficient and profitable. Drive your entire production using an integrated software system that enables seamless data flow, from planning to production. Our aerospace manufacturing solution offers a comprehensive set of fully integrated tools for part manufacturing - from CAD/CAM, CNC machining and CMM inspection through 3D printing. The integrated, end-end-end software solution delivers powerful advantages, including: revolutionary technologies for making next-generation parts, digital twins for optimizing manufacturing operations, and the union of physical and virtual worlds to deliver jobs to plan.

CAM, Tooling & Fixtures for Aerospace & Defense

Digitally transform your tool and fixture design and manufacturing and become more competitive, efficient and profitable. Drive your entire production using an integrated software system that enables seamless data flow from planning to production.

Our manufacturing solution offers a comprehensive set of fully integrated tools for tool and fixture design and manufacturing - from design, simulation, CNC and CMM inspection through 3D printing. The integrated end-end-end software solution delivers powerful advantages, including revolutionary technologies for next-generation tooling and fixtures, simulation to optimize tooling, and the union of virtual and physical worlds to deliver jobs to plan.

Material & Compliance Management

Managing material data and integrating it with the product lifecycle is critical to the development of complex and innovative products. Our solution maintains a tight integration between materials considered for use in aerospace products and the product bill-of-materials (BOM) which is crucial to delivering successful, innovative, and compliant products.

Aircraft Engine Performance Engineering

Achieving performance requirements for emissions, noise, energy efficiency, safety, reliability in complex aircraft engine systems requires a platform that provides an integrated view of a large set of disciplines. By uniquely combining robust design space exploration, scalable multi-physics, dynamics and CFD capabilities, industry-leading physical testing and experienced engineering services, Siemens PLM Software’s portfolio delivers engineering insight on all levels.

Systems Performance Engineering

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3D Massive Model Visualization

Today’s aerospace and defense programs must deliver products that meet all technical and performance requirements at cost and on schedule while often utilizing globally distributed suppliers and partners. These suppliers and partners might be using a diverse set of engineering applications. Our solution provides digital mockup and visualization of multi-CAD assemblies so that everyone can access and collaborate with design and process data to make informed decisions.

Product Realization

Companies in the aerospace and defense industry face a number of challenges, including increasingly complex programs, fierce competition, heightened regulatory requirements and changing customer priorities. One strategy that can help you successfully execute programs in this environment is to shift manufacturing considerations to earlier in the product lifecycle. We offer a process-driven PLM approach that brings manufacturing engineering into every aspect of your aerospace program, starting with the bid and continuing throughout the product lifecycle.

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