Airbus round aircraft

Airbus does around 6000 patents every year. This time, they patented an aircraft with a round space in the middle.

This represents a complete different organization of the passengers, the way the access to the seats, the shape of the food carts, emergency exits…

Expected benefits: save money during the manufacture phase, saving gas…

By the moment is only a patent.



Industrie 4.0

This week I learned that the German government has launched a program named Industry 4.0.

I’m used to see terms as “4.0” in the www, but no in other industries. Then I learned there is a clear definition of the different phases of the industry revolution. We are now in the 3.0 and navigating to the next one.

How? Well, I do not know the other countries, but Germany has a roadmap and four pillars to go on the next phase of the manufacturing revolution.

A very good document I have to read is this one.

Industry-4.0The first three industrial revolutions came about as a result of:

  • 1st revolution: mechanization,
  • 2nd revolution: electricity,
  • 3rd revolution: IT.

Now, the introduction of the Internet of Things and Services into the manufacturing environment is ushering in a fourth industrial revolution. In the future, businesses will establish global networks that incorporate their machinery, warehousing systems and production facilities in the shape of Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) .

Cyber-Physical Systems comprise smart machines, storage systems and production facilities capable of autonomously exchanging information, triggering actions and controlling each other independently.

The vision is to build smart factories that improve to the industrial processes
involved in manufacturing, engineering, material usage and supply chain and life cycle management.

Smart factories will promote:

  • Individual customer requirements.
  • Dynamic business and engineering processes: enable last-minute changes to production and deliver the ability to respond flexibly to disruptions and failures on behalf of suppliers, for example.
  • Optimized decision-making process.
  • Address resource and energy efficiency.
  • Urban production.
  • Demographic change.

The Industrie 4.0 Working Group believes that action is needed in the following eight key areas:

  • Standardization and reference architecture.
  • Managing complex systems.
  • A comprehensive broadband infrastructure for industry: Reliable, comprehensive and high-quality communication networks are a key requirement for Industrie 4.0. Broadband Internet infrastructure therefore needs to be expanded on a massive scale, both within Germany and between Germany and its partner countries
  • Safety and security.
  • Work organization and design: the role of employees will change significantly, implementation of a socio-technical approach to work organisation will offer workers the opportunity to enjoy greater responsibility and enhance their personal development.
  • Training and continuing professional development.
  • Regulatory framework: protection of corporate data, liability issues, handling of personal data and trade restrictions.
  • Resource efficiency.

European Aviation Safety Agency

European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) with regulatory and executive tasks in the field of civilian aviation safety.

Production Organization Approvals (POAs) are managed by EASA in accordance with Subpart G of Regulation (EC). The agency is responsible for:

  • The management of all applications from non EU countries (or from an EU country upon request of that country) for production organization approvals (POA).
  • The issue of related certificates and their continued surveillance.


CIMPA Webinar, Added-value IS modules

aero-webbI have assisted to a web session named “Added-value IS modules”.

A tour across Aero-webb, that is a software suite for aircraft and equipment maintenance. The modules shown during the webinar have been:

  • Master hub (MSN parts structure).
  • Fleet management.
  • Maintenance Forecaster & Optimizer (maintenance scheduling, simulations).
  • Aircraft maintenance (Maintenance execution).

For me a very productive session to learn about how the end users are working and interacting with the systems. Yes, basic knowledge I need to acquire!

Aero-Webb is provided by 2MoRO, that provides solutions dedicated to Aviation industries. CIMPA and 2MoRO signed an important partnership agreement with CIMPA.

PTC products

We have been reviewing PTC Integrity solution, and I have been seen this other video that talks about the integration with Windchill, but that really is interesting for me due to the explanation of the requirements complexity in different industries.

In other customer I’m starting to work with, they are working with PTC Optegra, that enable the CAD departments to manage and control CAD files, along with other CAD data and non-CAD-related product development information. PTC Optegra is focused on the product lifecycle management (PLM) processes.

A&D Acronyms

Starting working on a new industry requires some basic knowledge:

  • AOG    Aircraft On Ground
  • GPP    Generic Project Process
  • MSN    manufacturer’s serial number (an aircraft).
  • FAL      Final Assembly Line (the factory itself).
  • EASA   European Aviation Safety Agency.
  • POA     Production Organisation Approvals.


Windchill (basic things)

For my learning purposes, revision of documentation related to this product.

Windchill is a PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) software product that is offered by PTC.

  • In 1998 Windchill was the first to market with an internet based PLM solution.
  • In 2001, Windchill ProjectLink launched as a solution for project collaboration.
  • In 2002, Windchill PDMLink launched as a solution for product data management.

Processes and modules:

  • Windchill ProjectLink – A collaborative management tool.
  • Windchill MPMLink – A PLM application for manufacturing engineers.
  • Windchill PDMLink – A web-based master product data management repository that also helps teams manage critical processes such as change/configuration management, and detailed design. Windchill PDMLink also serves as the foundation for many optional modules such as Pro/INTRALINK, Windchill MPMLink, Windchill PartsLink and Windchill Supplier Management.
  • Windchill PPMLink – Provides Program Portfolio Management (PPM) capabilities to discrete manufacturers.
  • Requirements Management – A combination of PTC’s Integrity product and Windchill PDMLink to manage product software and hardware requirements.
  • Windchill Compliance – Tracks and manages product compliance throughout the product lifecycle.
  • Windchill Materials & Substances – Integrates with existing enterprise systems to provide materials and substances in products based on an accurate BOM.
  • Windchill Cost – Provides real-time product cost estimates and analysis.
  • Windchill LCA – Allows manufacturers to use LCA (Lifecycle Assessment) data to quantify the environmental impact of products over their entire lifecycle.
  • Windchill FRACAS – FRACAS (Failure Reporting, Analysis, and Corrective Action System) manages corrective action processes to improve product reliability.
  • Windchill FMEA –Helps identify potential failure modes in a system.
  • Windchill FTA – Constructs a graphical representation of an issue and provides an analysis tool.
  • Windchill Prediction – Helps assess product reliability early in the design process.
  • Windchill CAPA – Helps manage the intake, tracking, resolution, and analysis of quality issues.
  • Windchill Nonconformance – manages the intake, evaluation, resolution and tracking of nonconforming products.
  • Windchill Customer Experience Management – Helps manage and address customer complaint.
  • Windchill Service Information Manager – Helps organize and manage service information to ensure accuracy and relevance.
  • Windchill Service Parts – Uses engineering CAD data to define spare parts information.