The customer involvement in the development process happens much earlier than previously possible. Engineers in Toulouse and at customer sites are managing mock-up reviews, which enable the customer to seamlessly collaborate on the development and layout of individual aircraft right from the beginning of development. This new capability will result in reduced manufacturing lead times and will help to ensure conformance to customer requirements.
Airbus' Extended Enterprise Program has also been broadened to include supplier collaboration. PTC has assembled a software bundle that will be offered to hundreds of global Airbus suppliers to help enable information exchange and design integration during product development activities.
The Windchill based DMU allows designs to be reviewed, simulated and shared virtually across Europe in a realistic workspace. Inconsistencies can be detected early in the design phase which reduces the costs and speeds up the process. Additionally, the ability to collaborate with customers using a realistic digital representation benefits customer satisfaction.
The DMU solution deployed by Airbus makes use of an integrated set of capabilities provided by several PTC products. Windchill is used as the product data management system to manage CAD models and drawings developed by a distributed product development team. The CAD environment is heterogeneous with a mix of PTC's CAD products and multiple versions of CAD products from other vendors. Windchill also provides configuration management and controls the change and release processes so the DMU is under formal configuration control. PTC's Division(R) Mock-Up & Reality product allows engineers at different sites around the world working with heterogeneous CAD systems to load complete sections of an aircraft on a single screen and to check interferences between different sub-assemblies. CAD models from different systems are integrated by mock-up integrators in a single virtual assembly. Designers and manufacturing engineers can now work simultaneously to build the DMUs, using various configured DMU views, before releasing the design for manufacturing and assembly. Division Mock-Up & Reality is a key component of the various packages that PTC has bundled for the supplier community.
"Airbus has become the benchmark in innovative and collaborative aerospace engineering and manufacturing. PTC is proud to partner with them in their strategic use of our PLM solutions," said Dick Harrison, president and CEO of PTC. "Our ability to support Airbus' globally distributed product development process, across multiple companies and geographic regions, is a strong validation of our vision, our approach and our offerings to the industry."
PTC offers its software bundle for the Airbus Extended Enterprise through a series of specialized VARs and just announced a partnership with ARES SSII for the French market, which authorizes the company to distribute the different packages and to offer after-sales services, training, assistance and consulting to the Airbus supply chain. PTC has entered into similar agreements with VARs in Germany and the UK.
DMU is a key element of the Airbus Concurrent Engineering (ACE) initiative, which is a systematic approach to aircraft development, using best in class-in-class tools and methods in a virtual 3D environment. It has been used extensively for the A380 and A380 freighter programs, enabling thousands of engineers in the Airbus Extended Enterprise, spread across Europe and separated by different processes, systems and languages to concurrently develop, engineer and manufacture the world's largest civil aircraft in record time.
A leading aircraft manufacturer with the most modern and comprehensive product line on the market, Airbus is a global company with design and manufacturing facilities in France, Germany, the UK, and Spain as well as subsidiaries in the U.S., China and Japan. Headquartered in Toulouse, France, Airbus is an EADS joint Company with BAE Systems.
About PTC Solutions for Aerospace and Defense
PTC provides product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions designed to help aerospace and defense manufacturers meet the challenges posed by the industry trends described above. These solutions enable digital automation of product development and program management processes, as well as complete visibility and control over program information for secure, collaborative product development.
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