Aerospace Suppliers Think Value Streams
To compete, aerospace component suppliers are more specialized than ever. Mich Tellier of Dassault Systèmes describes how this has changed production and how his company adapted its software.
In this one-on-one interview, Mich Tellier, vice president, industry solutions, aerospace and defense for Dassault Systèmes shares insights into how his company views value streams. He explains how these have emerged inside aerospace component suppliers and how Dassault Systèmes is adapting to meet the PLM needs of companies organized around them.
Dassault Systèmes recently introduced a new concept of how to offer software. They call it 3DExperience solutions. These are tailored offerings built on a business platform comprising the company’s applications spanning CAD, CAE, or PDM functions along with custom user interfaces. They are intended to provide end-users only what they need. Intending to be far more easy to use, they use functions from individual Dassault Systèmes applications such as CATIA, ENOVIA or SIMULIA.
AeroDef: What do you mean by Value Streams?
The whole supply base is specialized. They are specialized either in design and fabrication of systems, where they make their own systems, or in structures, where they make specific types of structures. [Some Tier 1s] might specialize in three or four specific value streams at different divisions. From landing gear to metal parts to composite parts, suppliers for the sake of efficiency are organized around value streams.
It makes them more efficient because they can supply similar parts for different programs and different OEMs.
AeroDef: Is this widespread?
Our research shows that in the aerospace and defense supply chain, 85 percent of suppliers are specialized on one value stream.
They also face the same challenges. These include: how to get to rate; how to be efficient in reusing their existing knowledge and; how to support multiple OEM’s. Supporting different OEMs means they have, perhaps, different design standards and formats.
But for them, the companies in the supply chain, what is important is their integrated value stream. They need to transition from design to fabrication to tooling to quality to inspection to material control and to get [their parts] out the door. How well they do that determines their P&L.
AeroDef: Did that affect how you designed your newest offerings?
Dassault Systèmes introduced two new 3DExperience solutions specifically aimed at both making it easier to introduce new technologies and increase design reuse. These are Winning Program and Co-Design to Target 3DExperiences. Co-Design to Target in particular provides consistent visibility much faster, usually on a weekly basis, and is ideal for enhancing performance of value streams. While we built these 3DExperiences to provide information for OEMs - they are OEM Centric - we realized that Co-Design to Target also had value and is perfectly tailored for the budgets of their suppliers as well.
Strategically we’re working on democratizing that technology. By that what I mean is making it easy to deploy, integrate, install, and adopt because some suppliers are quite small. For them, it has to be quick and easy to adopt.
AeroDef: Do they have to use only Dassault Systèmes technology?
No. Certainly we offer a full range of solutions, but if a company has specialized technology for simulation that it developed on its own, that can be incorporated.
Published Date : 10/7/2013