Dassault Systèmes launches ‘Build to Operate’ industry solution

Sean Dudley
Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley on 16 June 2015
Dassault Systèmes launches ‘Build to Operate’ industry solution

Dassault Systèmes has launched ‘Build to Operate’, a new solution experience for the aerospace and defence industries.

The new solution enables original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and large suppliers to increase the efficiency and quality of their programs thanks to the global digital manufacturing operations management capabilities of Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

OEMs and large suppliers are looking to increase the efficiency and quality of their programs and equip their manufacturing operations in order to quickly reach full manufacturing rate. The new solution enables OEMs and large suppliers to monitor, control and validate all aspects of their manufacturing operations, including replicable processes and production sequences and deliverables across the supply chain, on a global scale.

Airbus Helicopters, a leading manufacturer of civil and military helicopters, is among the first adopters of the ‘Build to Operate’ solution. 

With the new solution, Airbus Helicopters’ staff will be able to virtually model, plan, execute and share best practices, processes and products throughout the design, engineering, manufacturing and delivery of existing and new helicopters.

“We adopted Dassault Systèmes’ ‘Build to Operate’ industry solution experience to improve manufacturing execution for our helicopters programs,” said Jean-Luc Sturlèse, vice president, Production Flows Management, Airbus Helicopters. “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.”

Thanks to the process simulation and validation capabilities in the solution’s virtual manufacturing environment, lean manufacturing practices can be defined and implemented in order to help improve program performance.

“Instant visibility on all levels of productivity — plant, line, station, cell and individual — is a critical enabler to continuous improvement, and ‘Build to Operate’ brings this capability to existing production lines and accelerates the ramp-up of new lines to reach optimal rate,” said Michel Tellier, vice president, Aerospace and Defence Industry, Dassault Systèmes. “Aerospace companies implementing this ‘factory of the future’ today can expect benefits that include as much as a 25% reduction in errors, 20% less waste and up to a 15% improvement in first-time quality.”

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