Aerospace & Defence 4.0

IIoT Set to Fuel the Metamorphosis of Aerospace Innovation Across All Stages of the Manufacturing Value Chain

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The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is a powerful trend in the Aerospace & Defense (A&D) industry. This industry has been one of the forerunners in the IIoT maturity spectrum, having implemented sensor technology and computerized automation for several years in the recent past. Successful A&D companies are constantly innovating and are increasingly upgrading their technological infrastructure using elements of IIoT such as edge computing, big data, predictive analytics, cloud and other applications. With the convergence of digitized machine parts and improved connectivity, IIoT is already gaining momentum across several departments of aerospace and defense manufacturing. Like its implementation in any other industry, the objective of IIoT in A&D industry also is in improving process and product efficiencies.

Military and commercial airlines are increasingly generating several terabytes of data every day, as more and more manufacturers are adding sensor technology to these machines. The data that is actually being put to use is all but a small fraction of the huge mountain of data that could be potential sources of additional revenues to the manufacturers. Aircraft health and maintenance, system and component performance, and crucial customer related data are all a part of this mix. And this is where IIoT plays a crucial role in helping manufacturers manage this large volume of data and identify newer service opportunities.

Some of the key benefits of IIoT for the aerospace and defence industry include –
•     Aircraft maintenance and health monitoring
•     Ability to tweak aircraft design and functionalities based on usage behavior
•     Real-time identification of quality issues
•     Quick and easy delivery of software updates
•     Improvement of operational efficiency
•     Enriched design and manufacturing environment
•     Easy tracking and traceability

Leading aircraft manufacturers that have already implemented IIoT in their factory operations are now realizing returns in the form of overall cost reduction, improved process efficiencies, improved product reliability, and enhanced customer experience through predictive maintenance of aircraft. Engine fuel efficiency and performance improvements such as noise and emission cancellation are some of the parameters that are being looked at by aircraft manufacturers. Further, these IIoT solutions are enabling additional revenue streams for OEMs, engine manufacturers, and airline operators alike. In fact, the opportunities are so many that the real challenge is more in identifying where to start implementing IIoT. A lot of airlines companies have already invested or planned their budgets for the near future IIoT implementations, which is why it becomes all the more important to understand what major market players are doing in the space.

Leading aircraft manufacturers who have already implemented IIoT in their factory operations are now realizing returns in the form of overall cost reduction, improved process efficiencies, improved product reliability and enhanced customer experience through predictive maintenance of aircraft. Engine fuel efficiency and performance improvements such as noise and emission cancellation are some of the parameters that are being looked at by aircraft manufacturers. Further, these IIoT solutions are enabling additional revenue streams for OEMs, engine manufacturers and airline operators alike. Infact, the opportunities are so many that the real challenge is more in identifying where to start implementing IIoT. A lot of airlines companies have already invested or have planned their budgets for near future IIoT implementations, which is why it becomes all the more important to understand what major market players are doing in the space.With such rapid advancements of IIoT in aircraft manufacturing, soon millions of sensors will start collecting several zetabytes of aircraft data. It will be exciting to explore and discover ground breaking opportunities that all of this data could bring to the aerospace and defense industry. As far as this industry is concerned, the concept of IIoT is not for distant future. Now is the right time to think and act.

Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary
Key Findings
2. Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)—A Research Perspective
IIoT—Emerging Themes in the Industrial Environment
IIoT—Key Attributes of a Smart Factory
Frost & Sullivan’s Value Proposition in IIoT
3. Perceiving IIoT in A&D Manufacturing
A&D—Industry Overview
A&D Manufacturing—Industry Map
Extending IIoT Capabilities to Manufacturing Value Chain in A&D
Connected Everything of Aircraft Manufacturing
Why is there a Need for IIoT in A&D Manufacturing?
Key Benefits and Potential of IIoT Across Aircraft Manufacturing Stages
Potential of IIoT in Aircraft Design and Engineering
Potential of IIoT in Aircraft Production and Assembly
Potential of IIoT in Aircraft Supply Chain
Anatomy of Aircraft Supply Chain
Potential of IIoT in Aircraft Aftermarket
4. Key Use Cases for IIoT Implementation in A&D
Airbus Deploys IoT to Invest in “Factories of the Future”
Microsoft Helps Rolls-Royce Cut Down Aircraft Engine Faults
Lockheed Martin Uses IoT to Maximise Life of F-35
Pratt & Whitney Banks on Big Data to Improve Engine Life
GE Aviation Uses IIoT to Manage its Internal Manufacturing Processes
5. Key Challenges
Infrastructure Simplification and Standardisation of Frameworks
Unmet Aircraft Orders, Resulting in Mammoth Backlogs
Use Case—IBM Watson Helps Airbus Clear a 20-year Plane Backlog
Companies Understand Importance of IIoT but Flounder to Implement
Traditional Manufacturing Methods Lack Machine Part Traceability
Making Sense of Operational Dark Data
6. Market Forecast and Trends
Aerospace Manufacturing Landscape—Regional Forecast
A&D Industry is Banking on Big Data for Proactive Health Assessment
Rising Focus on MRO / Aftermarket Traceability
IIoT will be Instrumental in Proactive Health Assessment of Aircrafts
Rise of Wearables will Empower Future On-field Technicians
Prominent Technology Developments in A&D Manufacturing
Future Trends Impacting the A&D Manufacturing Market
7. Growth Opportunities and Companies to Action
Growth Opportunity 1—Shared Digital Design
Growth Opportunity 2—Automate Manufacturing Process
Growth Opportunity 3—Shared Scheduling
Growth Opportunity 4—Reliable Delivery
Growth Opportunity 5—Additive Manufacturing
Strategic Imperatives for Success and Growth
8. The Last Word
The Last Word
Acronyms & Abbreviations
Legal Disclaimer
9. The Frost & Sullivan Story


List of Figures & Charts

1. A&D Manufacturing Market: Industry Overview, Global, 2016–2023
2. A&D Manufacturing Market: Industry Map, Global, 2017–2023
3. Aerospace and Defence 4.0: Digital Capabilities Overview, Global, 2017–2023
4. Aerospace and Defence 4.0: Value Chain Challenges, Global, 2016
5. Aerospace and Defence 4.0: IIoT Potential in Aircraft Supply Chain, Global, 2017–2023
6. Aerospace and Defence 4.0: Anatomy of Aircraft Supply Chain, Global, 2017–2023
7. Aerospace and Defence 4.0: Unmet Aircraft Orders, Global, 2015–2017
8. Aerospace and Defence 4.0: Technology Developments, Global, 2016–2023


1. Aerospace and Defence 4.0: Regional Forecast, Global, 2017–2023



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