Take off - the Digital Enterprise for Aerospace

Driving the aerospace industry on its path to the digital enterprise

The aerospace industry has the challenge of building more aircrafts with a shorter time to market. The new planes will be lighter, faster and more efficient. These aircrafts of the future drive new demands on product design, production planning, engineering and execution, as well as service. 

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Siemens Aerospace for Manufacturing

  See how the Aerospace Industry can benefit from the digitalization. With intelligent tools for product design and production planning and seamless communication between all systems.  
Take off with increased productivity

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Holistic approach to the entire value chain

As a long established partner of the aerospace industry, Siemens offers a comprehensive range of products, systems and solutions for all steps of aircraft manufacturing.
Product design

Product design for aerospace manufacturers

Increasing global competition, new technologies and materials, higher complexity, and a growing commercial aircraft backlog are the primary trends that are putting more and more pressure on aerospace companies to deliver high precision products faster.

Numerous parts, materials, functions and external factors have to be considered, even before the first prototype is being built. Prototyping itself is a time-consuming and cost-intensive task.

NX

From product design to engineering and manufacturing, NX is the best-in-class solution that helps companies to deliver high precision products faster and more efficiently. Designing aerospace parts digitally allows creating a digital twin of the real airplane. This virtual version of the airplane represents every detail and aspect and can be used to simulate, test, and optimize the airplane before production.

Teamcenter

The benefits of digitalization can be achieved when all interfaces between the separate steps along the value chain are eliminated. Interfaces make the process prone to error, therefore a common data backbone is needed that can serve as a consistent communication and innovation platform. Teamcenter PLM software from Siemens is the appropriate data management solution in the aerospace industry. It is a consistent data backbone, offering access to all data from all areas involved.

Simcenter

Simcenter lets you predict performance of your 3D geometry based designs.

Simcenter testing solutions offer a complete, integrated environment for test-based engineering, combining high-speed multi-channel data acquisition with a full suite of integrated testing, analytics and reporting tools.

LMS – simulation and testing solutions

LMS simulation and testing solutions help aerospace companies manage the complexities of future product development by incorporating model-based mechatronic simulation and advanced testing solutions into the product development process. LMS Testing Solutions increases productivity, delivers more reliable results and covers all types of noise, vibration, durability testing and engineering tasks in the lab and field.

Production planning

Production planning for aerospace manufacturers

Planning the production and assembly process involves a variety of production equipment, e.g. like robots and automated guided vehicles. The manufacturing process needs to be set up perfectly to ensure maximum output and efficiency. Configuration-based documentation with visual 3D images and graphics are needed to increase transparency into process workflow.

Tecnomatix Planning, Simulation and Production

With Tecnomatix Plant Simulation, you can optimize the flow of material through the production facility – identify bottlenecks, determine the size of buffer zones, and simulate the energy consumption in the plant. Our solution enables earlier decision-making during the product lifecycle thanks to the integration of manufacturing considerations throughout each phase of the lifecycle.

Teamcenter

The benefits of digitalization can be achieved when all interfaces between the separate steps along the value chain are eliminated. Interfaces make the process prone to error, therefore a common data backbone is needed that can serve as a consistent communication and innovation platform. Teamcenter PLM software from Siemens is the appropriate data management solution in the aerospace industry. It serves as a consistent data backbone, offering access to all data from all areas involved.

SIMATIC IT Preactor – Advanced Planning and Scheduling

SIMATIC IT Preactor is a family of production planning and scheduling software products that improve the synchronization of your manufacturing processes, giving you greater visibility and control to increase utilization and on-time delivery while reducing inventory levels and waste.

Production engineering

Production engineering for aerospace manufacturers

The growing manufacturing complexity and the increasing order backlog call for a faster time-to-market and require a flexible production environment. Connecting the virtual world of product design and production planning with the real world of automation is a major task. Consistent data is crucial, and any inconsistency has to be detected even before the start of production. Siemens offers integrated engineering solutions with central data management for the aerospace industry. Integrated engineering enables integrated planning from engineering through to automation, based on one single electronic workflow.

TIA Portal

TIA Portal opens the door to the world of Totally Integrated Automation (TIA). It includes powerful and scalable automation hardware that works seamlessly with other elements of the system. A virtual commissioning makes it possible to simulate and validate the engineering before the start of operation. A unique and consistent user interface concept for all technologies provides a connectivity standard and increased security.

Industrial Communication

Industrial communication with products and systems from Siemens ensure greater company-wide efficiency. Our best-in-class components like SIMATIC NET are based on proven standards, which allow you to implement powerful, integrated data networks.

Industrial Security

To ensure comprehensive protection of industrial plants from internal and external cyber attacks, all levels must be protected simultaneously – ranging from the plant management level to the field level and from access control to copy protection.

NX for Manufacturing (NX CAM)

NX for Manufacturing provides aerospace manufacturers with a complete set of solutions for part manufacturing – from CAM to CNC controllers. By using NX for Manufacturing, aerospace manufacturers can improve part manufacturing efficiency and reduce NC programming and machining time.

Production execution

Production execution for aerospace manufacturers

Siemens manufacturing operations management, also known as MOM, is a holistic solution that provides full visibility into manufacturing processes so you can steadily improve manufacturing operations performance. As the evolution of a manufacturing execution system (MES), a manufacturing operations management system consolidates all production processes to improve quality management, advanced planning and scheduling, manufacturing execution systems, R&D management and more.

SIMATIC IT MES/MOM platform

SIMATIC IT MES/MOM platform fills the gap between Business Systems (e.g. ERP, PLM) and the Shop Floor, creating the conditions for an efficiency increase at the plant and within supply chain operations. SIMATIC IT ensures greater process-flexibility and efficiency, complete integration of regulatory and quality requirements, synchronized production processes for optimal supply-chain management, and sustained reductions in maintenance and operation costs. 

SINUMERIK Integrate

The SINUMERIK Integrate product suite facilitates simple networking of machine tools in the IT production landscape. This optimizes production and reduces production costs for aerospace manufacturers.

SINUMERIK 840D sl for Aerospace

The SINUMERIK 840D sl opens up an extensive technology range., which includes high-performance milling and turning, grinding and laser machining, as well as gearwheel machining and multitasking machining. With its flexibility, the SINUMERIK 840D sl is the CNC of choice for opening up completely new technology fields.

SIMATIC PLC Controllers

The intelligent choice for your automation tasks - Siemens offers the right controller for a wide range of automation requirements. The SIMATIC range of controllers comprises of Basic, Advanced, Distributed and Software Controllers offering impressive scalability and integration of their functions.

SIMATIC WinCC

Our SCADA system offers maximum functionality and a user-friendly user interface. With this configurable and scalable system, you have the advantage of absolute openness to both the office environment and to production. Numerous options and add-ons extend and expand the scope of our performance.

Services

Services for aerospace manufacturers

Our longstanding focus on aerospace manufacturing positions Siemens as the competent partner for traditional and digital services.

For aerospace manufacturers, maximizing productivity and optimizing the Total Cost of Ownership of production equipment are the crucial success factors to maintain long-term competitive advantage.

Digital Motion Control Services

The Aerospace industry is faced with large order intake for aircrafts. Over the next decade, ensuring on-time delivery and meeting profitability targets are the main challenges: manufacturers strive for solutions to improve productivity of their factories worldwide.

Digitalization opens new opportunities to increase availability and efficiency of the production equipment. Connecting machines and installing the right software creates transparency over  data and processes, but touching a running system requires a trusted partner.

We assist our customers on their path to digitalization. Our Digital Services help customers identify the potential of their machines, and assist them in analyzing production and maintenance data.

Together we create the prerequisites for long-lasting improvements.

Your benefits:

  • Improved productivity
  • Increased machine availability
  • Improved sustainability of your production processes
  • A clear path to digitalize your factory

SITRAIN – Training for Industry

Subject to rapid technology developments and at the forefront of digital innovation, Aerospace manufacturers are investing in their workforce.

New technologies and Digitalization require an innovative and leading partner like Siemens, which is driving the realization of the Digital Enterprise.

Furthermore, traditional manufacturing is also subject to innovation, especially in engineering software, automation & control products and usability: the hard skills required to stay on top need continuous updating from certified experts and hands-on training.

At Siemens, we offer a comprehensive portfolio to guarantee tailored solutions for our aerospace customers, with a global look at their international operations.

An exemplary and widespread learning path is our SINUMERIK Service and Start-Up course, consisting of up to 25 days of practical training.

Your benefits:

  • Enhance competence, through continuous learning
  • Reduced downtimes  through systematic learning for maintenance staff
  • Rapid acquisition of competencies related to mastering new technologies
  • SITRAIN global supports courses in over 60 countries in national languages

Energy Analytics

Aerospace manufacturing processes are energy intensive. Our customers’ operations are faced with long metal cutting operations, heating treatments for carbon fibers, painting of large structural pieces and, of course, some of the largest production facilities in the world!

Efficiently utilizing energy and resources is a key lever to improve the operating margins, since these amount to one of the largest expense items on the budget. Additionally, the regulatory framework is evolving and imposing compliance to international standards such as ISO 50001.

Energy Analytics from Siemens is a cloud based service to discover hidden saving potential in all kinds of energy consumption – e.g. electricity, fluids and gases with automated report generation, identification of saving potentials and maintenance of the IT infrastructure.

Your benefits:

  • Transparency on your energy consumption and KPIs
  • Use of Siemens expert know-how on data analytics to identify energy saving potential
  • Automated reports in your web portal – anytime, anywhere

Cybersecurity - Whitelisting for SINUMERIK

Aerospace manufacturers are looking for ways to take advantage of digitalization and data analytics, but their factories often rely on machinery with no-longer supported Operating Systems.

The majority of cyber attacks target known vulnerabilities, some as old as one decade, for which a fix is available.

Finding the right solution to securely network automation systems can prove complicated: the priority is to protect Intellectual Property and comply with the cybersecurity regulatory frameworks of the A&D industry.

With Whitelisting Services, Siemens offers a proven solution for protecting and networking even older machines on the shopfloor: directly from the control system manufacturer.

Because some of the most valuable operations in the manufacturing process are controlled by Siemens automation systems, we developed specific configurations for a wide range of SINUMERIK CNC systems, SIMATIC IPC and WinCC software applications.

Your benefits:

  • Proven solution from the control system manufacturer
  • Increased cybersecurity and compliance to international standards (eg. ISO27001, IEC62443)
  • Holistic approach to automation network security
  • Reduced production downtimes
  • Enable the digitalization strategy of the company

Retrofit for machine tools

Machine modernization directly from the CNC manufacturer – an economic solution to increase efficiency

Aerospace manufacturers often rely on special machines which produce very valuable workpieces. Even if the mechanics are still in good shape, maintenance teams face the obsolescence of electronic components and reduced availability of spare parts, which can lead to critical downtimes.

With a longstanding focus on the Aerospace industry, Siemens can offer state-of-the-art CNC retrofitting, as an economical alternative to investing in new machines. This can save up to 60% of the capital, while improving productivity and availability thanks to modern automation and control systems.

Your benefits:

  • Lower investment
  • Customized modernization concepts
  • Complete solution from a single source
  • Higher machine availability
  • Prolonged spare parts supply  

Service Contracts and Plant Maintenance

Short response times and quickest fault repair by qualified service specialists

Aerospace manufacturers face challenges in operating worldwide at their target productivity rates, and look for service solutions to improve their efficiency.

Siemens can offer a global perspective to tackle these challenges, ensure competent service delivery and meet customers’ standards worldwide.

With Motion Control Service Agreements we offer a modular program that scales from agreed response time and priority, to inventory optimization, periodic maintenance all the way to maintenance outsourcing with Integral Plant Maintenance.

Your benefits:

  • Reduced machine downtimes by ensured availability
  • Predictable costs through service contracts
  • Tailored service concepts
  • Continuous improvement

Siemens wins Airbus order for factory maintenance in Toledo:

Siemens is set to handle maintenance work on the production systems at the Airbus factory in Illescas (Toledo province) that specializes in manufacturing aircraft components made of composite materials. The plant in Illescas is one of Airbus' most modern production facilities for large-scale complex carbon-reinforced components.

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