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The Point of Inflection: Mobility on the Aerospace Manufacturing Shop Floor


Published in CIOReview Aerospace Special 2015 Edition

In this featured article, Anand Pradhan, Head of Aerospace and Defense Segment, TCS, highlights how mobile technology can be leveraged in aerospace and defense industry as productivity tools to increase output, streamline processes and improve safety, while decreasing cost at the same time.

Aerospace and Defense manufacturers today are facing twin challengea of making products affordable and the need to increase production rate. While they are investing in capital to increase the capital significantly, it is not easy due to a variety of reasons like high cost, long lead times, lack of trained personnel, etc. This is driving the companies to look seriously at another option, increasing productivity to get more out of available resources through all possible means.

This is where the new wave of digital technologies come into play. Large aviation manufacturers are exploring innovative ideas like using mobile devices and applications on the shop floor to increase productivity of technicians and supervisors This is the point of inflection, moving mobile devices from the corporate offices into the manufacturing shop floor. Leveraging mobile devices, not for emails and presentations, but as productivity tools to increase output, streamline processes and improve safety, while decreasing cost. Even if each such improvement makes an impact of one tenth of one percent on the overall output of a trillion dollars, mobility has the potential to save a billion dollars through productivity improvement for the aerospace industry.

Various companies are steadily working to convert these ideas into hard dollar savings. Companies including TCS have evolved to a point where they have developed structured frameworks supported by detailed Process Reference Models to identify use cases, validate business cases and design, develop, test and implement them to help A&D companies in their drive for a billion dollars in productivity savings.

To read the complete article (PDF, 7.3 MB), click here.