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CIMdata Aerospace & Defense PLM Action Group Addresses The Big 3

The companies that are deriving the most benefit from their PLM investment appear to be the companies that are spending their efforts on expanding their system to integrate other less traditional systems, such as configuration management, requirements management and change management solutions. “The companies that are investing outside of the core PLM toolset are the organizations that are getting the most return from their expenditures,” said Roche.

Obsolescence management focuses on researching how companies can reduce the costs generated by the rapid obsolescence of PLM systems. Each time an aerospace company has to cycle out their existing system because its architecture is out of date or because it is no longer supported by its developers it costs the company tens of millions of dollars. “The aerospace companies are to protect themselves from these costs but so far they have not found a good solution,” said Roche.

Looking forward Roche said that in addition to working on the big three issues, the aerospace industry is likely to begin taking an increased interest in digital factory planning. A solution that allows companies to plan and optimize their manufacturing processes using digital simulation tools to create test examples of their factories and evaluate the best possible methods for producing their products. “I don’t think this technology has quite reached the point where companies are really focused on it yet,” said Roche. “But I expect that trend to change over the next three to five years.”

Another trend that Roche said he expects to see the industry begin adopting is the development of PLM technologies that track and evaluate an aircraft’s performance after it has been delivered to the customer. This allows aerospace companies to predict and solve potential maintenance issues before they occur and thereby reduce the cost of their resolution. “I think this level of integration between PLM and existing products will begin to grow substantially,” said Roche. “And in turn we will see many new products from the software developers to meet this demand.”

John Myers graduated from the University of New Mexico with a B.A. in Communications and Journalism. He began writing about the mechanical computer-aided design (MCAD) and product lifecycle management (PLM) industry in 2006 and over the last seven years has covered topics as diverse as additive manufacturing, finite element analysis (FEA), data translation and migration, computational fluid dynamics (CFD), building information modeling (BIM) and the growing alternative energy industry.

He currently resides in Albuquerque, NM with his wife where in his free time he enjoys reading, writing and pandering to his dogs.

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Published 2014-06-06 00:00:00