The FAA estimates that nearly 100,000 aircraft will need to equip with ADS-B Out between now and 2020, but does the U.S. aviation industry have the time and resources to get them done in time? (As reported in Avionics Today)
Companies that supply advanced navigation and electronics systems for private, commercial and military are facing ever increasing challenges to meeting regulatory requirements such as the new requirements for ADS-B. Requirements such as this not only affect the ability for companies to ramp up to the production demand but also the engineering, ERP and business systems that are used to design and build these products. Extending from just production the need to equip MRO providers with the tools needed to make the conversions.
Companies that do not have in place efficient engineering, product launch and production ERP systems will end up adding manual processes to their design and fabrication methods with will result in increased costs and more critically, increased risk of missing steps in the process leading to costly quality problems.
Organizations that quickly do adopt contemporary and effective solutions for their Engineering and ERP business control systems will be better able to remain competitive and deliver on time the required solutions to meet the demands of their customers and not risk lost business to competitors. Let’s take a look at how the Infor Cloudsuite with its industry specific capabilities for A&D Electronics solution can enable Commercial Aerospace and Military Defense electronics companies meet these needs.
Starting with tightly controlled engineering product lifecycle solutions to control rapid product design and launch of the product to prototypes and all engineering changes that occur in the product. Using the Infor PLM Accelerate powered by ARAS, design control is maintained along with product management, change management, through to production Bill of resources to insure proper manufacturing. Infor PLM Accelerate is directly integrated into the Infor CloudSuite Industrial for A&D Electronics ERP solution to streamline design for manufacturability and control.
Within the Cloudsuite Industrial (SyteLine) ERP software, access controls as to who can see critical information to support ITAR and other regulations is supported as well. Sourcing via approved vendors with critical vendor quality checks is supported and assists in building up the component resources. Cost controls at every step of the sourcing process are maintained.
Once into production, the ability to plan and schedule production to insure proper on time delivery when needed is handled within the Infor Cloudsuite ERP. Quality control plans, SPC data collection and real time shop floor data is controlled and maintained. Shop floor drawings and production information is presented on screen so that controlled documents don’t have to be printed or to have the chance of incorrect or out of date documents used in production. Bottom line is faster production, reduced scrap and lower costs of goods sold.
Once production is complete, final Quality checks can be made and recorded in perpetuity. Post sales service down to the serialized components is maintained.
CloudSuite for A&D electronics also can handle your MRO and retrofit service actions. With full field service processes including incident management, resource dispatch, service orders and unit configuration details, you can capitalize on this portion of the business.
Above all and throughout all phases of design and fabrication, full audit trails are maintained to see exactly who did what and when it was done. A fully integrated and secure system to enable your company to better align to required security and design requirements without additional costs and risk.
Proper systems and a designed approach to manufacturing will enable your organization to benefit from the new requirements. To learn more visit www.godlan.com