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The importance of composites in Aerospace and Automotive industries

Posted by Geoff Haines on 05-Oct-2017 09:00:00

Raise your hand if you’ve ever sat down and asked yourself ‘what can we do to improve our product quality?’ but struggled to find the most cost-effective way to do this. 

As the complexity of product designs increases, so too does the need to find the right materials and techniques to bring these designs to life. This is where composite materials come into their own. 

Here’s how your organisation can benefit from the use of composite materials and how the aerospace and automotive industries are making strides in the use of composites.

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Topics: ICAM Technologies, Automotive / Motorsport, Aerospace

Understanding the risks in the aerospace supply chain

Posted by Geoff Haines on 15-Sep-2017 11:00:00

As consumers around the world are demanding greater access to air travel, this has led to orders for 38,000 new aircraft. Although this represents the potential for significant revenue, OEMs and suppliers face significant risks that they must overcome in order to develop these aircraft cost effectively and ensure a quick time to market. 

A major trigger of these risks is how OEMs are now tasking suppliers with designing aerospace parts in addition to manufacturing.

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Topics: Aerospace, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM)

Topology Optimisation and 3D Printing

Posted by Andy Woodward on 26-Apr-2017 09:00:00

The use of FEA to design ‘optimal’ components has been around for nearly two decades.  In general terms it works by meshing an available volume for a part and then eating away at the space iteratively to leave just those bits of the mesh that are doing work while aiming at a target mass for the part, as in the examples below.

 

Using this method ‘raw’ it is easy to see how un-manufacturable designs can result, so much effort has been invested by software developers to place manufacturing constraints on the optimisation process to, for example, eliminate voids or undercuts in moulded parts.

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Topics: Automotive / Motorsport, MSC Software, Finite Element Analysis (FEA), Aerospace

3 Ways to Improve Aircraft Design and Production

Posted by Geoff Haines on 10-May-2016 17:00:00

Producing 38,000 new aircraft over the next 20 years is a big ask. The amount of time and effort that goes into producing a single aircraft is high enough, so when we think of producing another 37,999, the pressure mounts.

That's why OEMs and suppliers need to be on top form when it comes to aircraft production. Unless the activities of suppliers and OEMs are managed properly, the delivery of these new aircraft may be significantly delayed. 

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Topics: Aerospace

3 advantages of CATIA in Aerospace Composite Design and Manufacturing

Posted by Geoff Haines on 28-Apr-2016 15:00:00

Designing and manufacturing aerospace parts is complicated enough without having to worry about the structural integrity of parts. This is where the use of composite materials can take some of the pressure off.

Composite materials enable the production of lightweight, impact resistant parts compared to alternative metals. This allows OEMs to produce higher quality parts, which is particularly important for aircraft when we consider safety protocols. 

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Topics: Aerospace

Implementing Risk Management in the Aerospace Supply Chain

Posted by Geoff Haines on 11-Feb-2016 14:30:00

Irrespective of size, all organizations across the aerospace supply chain face risks. Yet many organizations don’t have a systematic strategy in place to respond to risks. 

That’s why Aerospace supply chain partners need to implement a system of risk management, reducing the chances risks will negatively impact the organization’s bottom line.

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Topics: Aerospace

The benefits of re-shoring the supply chain

Posted by Geoff Haines on 04-Feb-2016 15:00:00

One of the main reasons for moving manufacturing overseas has been to reduce costs. But today many OEMs are re-shoring the supply chain as going overseas no longer affords the costs advantages it used to.

For example, many companies used to benefit from off-shoring their manufacturing to China due to the low cost of labour. But increasing wages in China are prompting many businesses to bring manufacturing closer to home.

But it’s not only increasing wages pushing manufacturers to re-shore the supply chain. Re-shoring creates jobs and helps to boost the local economy. For example, Boeing are expanding their operations in St. Louis to develop parts for the Boeing 777X, beginning in 2017.

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Topics: Aerospace

Making the most out of the aerospace supply chain

Posted by Geoff Haines on 29-Jan-2016 15:00:00

With OEMs under pressure to deliver 38,000 new aircraft over the next 20 years, suppliers need to be on top form when it comes to aircraft production. And unless the activities of suppliers and OEMs are managed properly, the delivery of these new aircraft may be significantly delayed. 

OEMs often make demands on suppliers that are not manageable, but the potential for a new contract means suppliers may not want to turn it down. For example, in aerospace, OEMs are shifting design responsibilities onto tier 1 suppliers who don’t often have much experience in this area.

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Topics: Aerospace

3 trends for Aerospace and Defence in 2016

Posted by Geoff Haines on 21-Jan-2016 15:00:00

As we progress through 2016 and beyond, the aerospace and defence industry is set to experience a huge growth in revenue. From the large number of orders OEMs have received to produce new aircraft over the coming 20 years, to the Joint Force 2025 Initiative in defence, the aerospace and defence industry is set to be busy.

So as we begin 2016, we’ve come up with 3 trends that we see developing in aerospace and defence in 2016.

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Topics: Aerospace

How environmental pressures affect aerospace design and manufacturing

Posted by Geoff Haines on 07-Jan-2016 18:00:00

Designing and manufacturing aircraft is complicated enough as it is, but governmental calls for more environmentally friendly aircraft can make aircraft design even tougher.

For example, the UK government have included the aviation industry in their plans to reduce carbon emissions significantly by 2050. And with the cost of fuel as a percentage of operating costs for airlines significantly greater than it was a decade ago, aircraft manufacturers need to take steps to increase the fuel efficiency of aircraft and comply with governmental calls for more environmentally friendly aircraft.

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Topics: Aerospace