As Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies are becoming increasingly central to the world of manufacturing, there is a growing interest in their potential impact on aerospace and composites manufacturing. Terms such as ‘Internet of Things’ or ‘Industry 4.0’, ‘Context Aware Software’, ‘Edge and Cloud Computing’, ‘Machine Learning’, ‘Digital Twin’, ‘Digital Thread’ and others have bubbled up into daily discussions, often with limited clarity as to what they mean, and – more importantly – as to how they all come together to create business value. This workshop will first introduce and discuss key elements of these technologies, and then dig deeper into various techniques of leveraging them in aerospace part production. The workshop will incorporate real-life examples, including implementation challenges and resulting benefits. We will conclude with further discussion of new opportunities created by these exciting technologies, as they are surfacing almost daily.
Significantly improving product quality and operational efficiencies is key in achieving Industry 4.0 manufacturing goals and remaining viable and competitive in today’s dynamic and competitive market. The key levers to help achieve complete production floor digitalization and become a smart factory, is (a) intelligent management of critical shop-floor assets such as time sensitive raw-material, kits, molds, tools and workforce, and (b) sophisticated algorithms that are able to take the next step by raising context-aware alerts and recommendations to staff allowing not only greater visibility but also enhanced assets’ allocation and utilization for increased capacity and on-time, on-quality deliveries.
Despite the unanimous consent about its necessity and importance, there’s a lot of vagueness and obscurity around the actual methods of obtaining the yearned-for goal of a digitized factory. In this workshop, we will scatter the fog around it so that participants will be able to learn the practical ways of how to achieve and de-facto implement such a system and stay ahead of the competition.