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Dassault Systèmes has announced that Airbus Helicopters, a division of Airbus Group, has chosen its ‘Build to Operate’ industry solution experience to ensure more efficient and profitable manufacturing operations management of its helicopter programmes.

Airbus Helicopters, a manufacturer of civil and military helicopters, recently engaged in a global plan to better serve customers that involved replacing legacy operating systems with digital capabilities. As part of this digital transformation, Airbus Helicopters was specifically looking for a powerful factory planning and shop-floor solution that would reduce its time to market and improve operational efficiency.

The Build to Operate experience is specifically designed for the aerospace and defence industry and leverages the DELMIA Apriso manufacturing portfolio. With Build to Operate, Airbus Helicopters can monitor, control and validate all aspects of manufacturing operations with digital precision — ranging from replicable processes and production sequences to the flow of deliverables throughout their supply chain.

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Key benefits of product application

  • Airbus Helicopters can virtually model, plan execute and share best practices, processes and products throughout the design, engineering, manufacturing and delivery of existing and new helicopters. With process simulation and validation in a virtual manufacturing environment, the company can define and implement lean manufacturing practices to improve programme performance.
  • Jean-Luc Sturlèse, vice-president of production flows management at Airbus Helicopters, said: ‘We adopted Dassault Systèmes’ Build to Operate industry solution experience, part of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, to improve manufacturing execution for our helicopters programmes. With Build to Operate, we can cut and optimise our lead time and improve operational efficiency — an important competitive advantage since orders for new machines are steadily increasing.’
  • Global production, quality, labour and supply chains — which once operated in silos — are now synchronised with a co-ordinated flow of data. From sourcing basic components and subassembly to the final assembly line, one common digital platform provides real-time visibility and control to optimise business processes. Digital factory analytics let Airbus Helicopters evaluate the impact of engineering changes and quickly resolve production problems.
  • According to Michel Tellier, vice-president of aerospace and defence at Dassault Systèmes, Airbus helicopters are highly intricate machines that require precision manufacturing and support by a complex set of suppliers and intellectual property. ‘With Build to Operate, we provide Airbus Helicopters with digital continuity throughout manufacturing, starting with operations controls through to lean shop-floor execution, to positively impact their bottom line,’ he said.

Dassault Systèmes DELMIA Apriso

Dassault Systèmes, the 3DEXPERIENCE Company, serves 190,000 customers across 140 countries, providing virtual universes for sustainable innovation. Dassault Systèmes’ DELMIA brand offers products that connect the virtual and real worlds of manufacturing. As part of DELMIA, the Apriso product portfolio helps manufacturers transform their global operations to achieve and sustain operational excellence while adapting quickly and easily to change.

Dassault Systèmes, the 3DEXPERIENCE Company, serves 190,000 customers across 140 countries, providing virtual universes for sustainable innovation. Dassault Systèmes’ DELMIA brand offers products that connect the virtual and real worlds of manufacturing. Powered by the 3DEXPERIENCE® Platform, DELMIA helps global businesses re-imagine their planning, management and optimization of industrial operations. DELMIA Manufacturing Operations Management solutions help manufacturers transform global industrial operations to achieve and sustain operational excellence. This is achieved by improving visibility into, control over and synchronization across manufacturing operations and supply chain processes on a global basis.

Dassault Systèmes – through its DELMIA Apriso offerings – is the only company that can offer a process-based solution for global manufacturing operations management that empowers you to track, trace, manage and control all elements of manufacturing operations both within your company and across your product supply network. DELMIA Apriso extends the value of ERP, PLM and other enterprise business systems by closing the loop between design, planning and execution. DELMIA Apriso solutions offer the widest possible footprint for management visibility – across your entire enterprise. Performance is optimized across all aspects of the extended value chain, including your people, materials, machines and processes – and those of your suppliers. By transferring real-time data, signals, alerts, KPIs or business intelligence from any network location to any other location around the world, Apriso solutions empower global manufacturers to respond quickly to strategy shifts, changing market conditions and unexpected events. Manufacturers can implement Apriso modules individually or as an enterprise manufacturing solution.

Select manufacturers using Apriso solutions include General Motors, Volvo CE, Honeywell, Stryker, L’Oréal, Trixell, Textron, Lockheed Martin, Bombardier, British American Tobacco, Becton Dickinson, MBDA, Saint-Gobain, Essilor, Valeo, Ugitech, Novelis, Cummins, Paccar, Boston Power, Amcor, Safran, Thales, Laboratoires M&L, AGCO and Alstom Transport.

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