During the last decade, aircraft manufacturers have been in a race for mass production, often delaying the adoption of smart digital technologies. Nowadays, the pandemic has forced them to take a step back, allowed time to prepare for the necessary structural transformations and to expand digital capabilities in order to prepare manufacturing operations for the re-start: gain agility to launch new programs faster than ever before, to reach greater levels of industrial efficiency, and to emerge from the crisis with greener and leaner processes – less scrap, more throughput, more profitability.
Investing into 4.0 technologies to extend existing digital capabilities may look like an extra financial stretch at the first glance, yet, this is mission-critical to anticipate for business recovery, for both manufacturers and suppliers. Stand-alone CAD and CAE designs using empirical and historical safety margins and traditional test-and-learn protocols relying on physical testing will be abandoned for an end-to-end digital thread that seamlessly connects product design, manufacturing, and in-service operations across. This is what we, at ESI, call Virtual Prototyping.
Virtual Prototypes empower engineers to digitally validate a design’s performance in terms of product quality, production capacity utilization, safety, and security, or in terms of operations and maintenance costs. It brings confidence about manufacturability and the most efficient manufacturing process in early development stages. Supplemented with Hybrid Twin technologies, engineers are equipped with the ability to experiment virtually with real data and real physics, simultaneously. This is the extra degree of freedom and early confidence engineers need to design, manufacture, and assemble right the first time - without real tests or prototypes, before cutting a single piece of metal, and with zero downtime during final operations.
Can ESI help me secure tolerances and margins?
Our shared mission is to decrease scrap rates and increase productivity by getting products right the first time for various manufacturing processes, including casting, sheet metal forming, composites, and additive manufacturing. Virtual Manufacturing enables a ‘quicker than ever’ investigation and development of new manufacturing and assembly processes, spreading innovation across the entire supply chain. This is a key success factor in beating the ramp-up challenge and keeping pace with the surge of orders. We did this with Rolls-Royce.
Can ESI help me accelerate the deployment of advanced manufacturing capabilities?
The physics of materials makes all this possible, and it is our unique expertise we have developed since our inception in 1973. From heat transfer and fluid flow phase changes to residual stress modeling and more, combine your in-house competencies with ESI's expertise in metallurgy and process performance to find new designs and keep the most strategic parts in your hands.
Can ESI help me speed up my journey towards Factory 4.0?
As factories become increasingly smart, manufacturers ensure that assembly sequences are proficiently performed by debugging design errors and process inefficiencies right from the product development stage. In addition, an immersive virtual manufacturing world provides you with a full-scale experience to validate and optimize new interactions in production scenarios and to simulate manufacturing operations before any physical prototype is built. We did this with Safran.
Can ESI help me maximize the productivity of my fleet?
Blending the virtual world and the real world is the purpose of ESI's Hybrid Twin™. It collects smart sensor data from real-life fleet operations and is artificially intelligent to predict any maintenance needs based on the current fleet condition. It will advise you on how to adjust single operations (e.g. range) in order to prevent you from any unexpected downtime. And it will make sure all real-life performance-related data will be fed back into the development of your next-generation machines. This is the mission-critical backbone of the digital threat in your enterprise.
Designing a Quiet eVTOL Aircraft
eVTOL is a modern-day innovative aircraft that uses electrically powered systems to hover, take off, and land vertically. System-based verification methods are useful to analyze the drivetrain sizing, flight controls, flight dynamics and battery sizing, safety & cooling. Further Vibro-Acoustic solutions help to analyze the exterior noise impact in urban areas as well as interior noise level comfort. Discover how ESI solutions allow virtual design iterations on the eVTOL performance, safety & meet noise regulations.
Experience Your Products & Processes Like You Would the Real Thing
As design sets the stage for manufacturing and service, engineering teams must recognize people's interactions with their intended products and processes to ensure ease of production and maintenance. Using Virtual Reality during the design and industrialization review process to conduct humancentric assembly and maintenance validations significantly reduce risks to operator safety, improves on-time delivery, delivers repeatable quality, and ultimately improves product profitability.
Ensure High Precision, High-Quality Parts at the Lowest Cost
Virtual Prototyping is one of the most innovative ways to minimize cost overruns, prove manufacturability, and process consistency. For airframes and aero-engine components, Virtual Manufacturing accelerates the development and validation of key manufacturing processes to fabricate complex and lightweight quality components. By applying standard development and production processes, smart manufacturers virtually streamline manufacturing capabilities, secure novel production techniques such as additive manufacturing, and develop & validate composite designs. With casting simulation, foundry professionals understand each process parameter's impact on the final part quality and fine-tune the entire casting manufacturing process.
Virtual Prototyping in Aeronautics is Trusted By
All over the world, suppliers, manufacturers, and engineering partners use ESI’s Virtual Prototyping Solutions to design and optimize future mobility in the air, e.g. Airbus, Alcoa, Avic, Boeing, Bombardier, Dassault Aviation, ESA, General Dynamics, Honeywell, Lockheed Martin, MSI-DFAT, NASA, Northrop Grumman, PCC, Rolls Royce, Safran, Textron Aviation, Thales, United Technologies and many more.