From Paper to Digital Innovation
Aeronamic successfully develops, manufactures, tests and maintains complete high-speed rotating systems for the aerospace industry. Their products can be found in Airbus and Boeing aircrafts as well as on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and Gulfstream. The company is a Dutch high-tech company with state-of-the-art capabilities that employs around 170 people at their facilities in Almelo, The Netherlands and Síbiu, Romania with sales of 50million USD in 2015.
- Loose and decentralized data-handling structure
- Unclear or non-existing connection between databases
- Vague traceability of materials, parts, CAD drawings, etc.
- Need for greater process transparency due to tightened production regulations
- Straight-forward connection between (E)BOM, (M)BOM, and (P)BOM
- Easy access to information from different locations allowing people to work simultaneously on the same project without losing track of any changes made in the process
- All the important data is stored in one central location enabling workflow efficiency
- Improved Skills Management
In their pursuit of becoming a World Class supplier of sub-systems and components in aerospace through continuous innovation, Aeronamic has to manage their data in a more efficient way.
“We had a lot of data that was not systematically connected, while in reality there was a connection.” said Ronny Blaauwgeers, Director of Manufacturing Engineering at Aeronamic. “For instance, we had an Excel file with list of people qualified to do a certain job. We had our EBOM in an Access database. We had our MRO in another database. I can name a lot of similar examples, but the idea is that these systems were all difficult to connect.”
There are some general challenges for the aerospace industry as a whole, namely the volume and variety of the products being produced. Keeping track of the number of units being produced and the versions and revisions is essential. Any mistake will cost a lot of money and time. Other crucial aspects are regulation and certification procedures.
“We manufacture very complex high-tech parts, at low volume. That adds some unique challenges that are not in the process or automotive industries, where the focus is on mass production,”, says Ronny Blaauwgeers. “We also see the amount of paperwork surrounding a part is growing tremendously and regulations are stricter than ever. A product still has the same hardware, but more documentation is required. Two years ago that degree of paperwork was mainly for the Medical Industry, but now it has spread to other industries and aerospace is one of the first that got affected.”
We, as a company, wanted to grow, to double, to triple, quadruple in size. So, if we wanted to do that, we really had to take care of this messy data-handling structure.