Airbus Safran Launchers to transform its PLM process with Siemens

Lindsay James
Lindsay James
By Lindsay James on 14 November 2016
Airbus Safran Launchers to transform its PLM process with Siemens

Airbus Safran Launchers has selected Siemens to help transform its entire product lifecycle process. As a result, the company hopes to maximise quality and efficiency and minimise costs associated with the development and realisation of all its launcher programs.

Airbus Safran Launchers is a joint venture equally owned by Airbus Defence and Space and Safran, created by the desire of the two groups to take the European space industry to the highest possible level. It develops and supplies innovative and competitive solutions for civil and military space launchers. With estimated sales of €2.5 billion, it employs more than 8,000 staff in France and Germany. This new space industry leader will standardise on Siemens’ integrated aerospace solution – which leverages its product lifecycle management (PLM) and manufacturing operations management (MOM) software portfolios – to establish a common digital product development and realisation platform.

Airbus Safran Launchers cited the “end to end solution” of Siemens’ aerospace industry software and expertise as critical selection criteria. “As we are implementing a new way of producing launchers, Siemens has challenged our working methods the most and enabled us to define the end to end solution of our PLM and manufacturing needs,” said David Quancard, chief operating officer at Airbus Safran Launchers. “We appreciated the benefits from Siemens’ working methodology from the start, including the bidding and implementation phases. They were able to offer us both software tools and project management capabilities compatible with our requirements. With the introduction of this innovative PLM system, Siemens has become a key partner to help us successfully achieve our goals of integrating our teams and working methods to enhance our competitiveness and efficiency."

Airbus Safran Launchers offers in a single entity all the capabilities, experience, resources and capacity for the innovation necessary to meet the challenges of space access today and into the future.

Airbus Safran Launchers aim is to reduce its product development cycle and time-to-market, as well as maintenance costs. The new system should ensure full traceability of products and improve team collaboration.

“We are honoured and proud to be associated with an aerospace industry leader like Airbus Safran Launchers,” said David Riemer, vice president of aerospace and defence at Siemens PLM Software. "The complexity of space launchers requires a systems-based product development approach, which combines systems engineering and an integrated product definition and realisation. We are confident that our integrated aerospace industry solutions and expertise, combined with the impressive Airbus Safran Launchers leadership team will create great value for the organisation and the industry.”

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