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5 Key Challenges in Aerospace

June 30, 2020

LET’S TALK CHALLENGES

Aerospace is a unique industry. The challenges that come along are unique as well, but not always – especially within the supply chain. That’s good news. In fact, the five hurdles listed below are ones that other industries have successfully dealt with and can be applied to your aerospace supply chain. If you’ve asked yourself any of the following questions, take comfort knowing that solutions exist and can be easily implemented.

1. What is the Return Flow of my Containers and Dollies?

Aircraft manufacturers, airlines, and their extensive supplier base utilize many types of containers. They are either common containers used in many industries or unique containers used for an airframe design.

This distinct community of people also utilize dollies, which are specifically designed for the unique parts. It can be challenging to know where a container or dolly is located, how many are available, and to identify where it needs to be. The lack of clarity jeopardizes the flow of materials in the containers/dollies that are specifically designed to assure safety, quality, and sustainability.

2. Where are my Lost Parts?

Inventory Control is vital to the aerospace supply chain. The cost of aerospace parts, the time it takes to replace them, and the quality requirements for airworthiness makes Inventory Control a top priority for the aerospace industry. Too many expensive parts, along with their 8130’s, are lost in the vast array of hangars. These parts end up unassociated with locations in ERP and WMS systems, creating problems within the supply chain. Too many staff-hours are wasted trying to locate the “right” part because of revision and unauthorized software modifications. Clearly, the need to know availability is paramount to reduce and eliminate AOG.

3. How do I ensure Schedule Adherence?

Leading experts in the aerospace industry have deemed it critical for the airframe or supplier manufacturer to ensure and obtain schedules. Available-to-Promise is more than a need; it is a reflection of the company’s ability to manage inventory and set expectations. The promise can happen because the availability is known.

Assurance translates to adherence.

If you know the container, know its location, and can associate the part, you’ll have the ability the schedule confidently.

4. How do I increase my company Genealogy Efforts?

Product lifecycle management is essential to any aerospace manufacturer. The ability to quickly limit and accurately expose information due to a quality escape is paramount. Manufacturing information is generally limited to the company producing the part – that’s a problem. It is important to connect supply chains, ensuring that the information of  “when” and “where” comes along with the “who” and “how”.  A robust method to track parts end-to-end, provide visibility, and specify action steps will help limit the need to mitigate a quality issue. The company’s genealogy efforts will proportionally impact it.

5. How do I eliminate Counterfeit Parts and Paperwork?

Counterfeit parts and counterfeit 8130’s cause big problems in the aerospace industry. Shadow players try to introduce parts into the supply chain to obtain profits. This is done by unauthorized manufacturing or illegal repair of obsolete and scrapped parts. There are three key attributes of a part that must be tested to allow for usage:

  1. Is this part authentic?
  2. Is this a trusted entity?
  3. Do I have real-time information proving it?

Responsible partners go to great lengths to ensure the safety of their clients. This effort can be minimized, and still remain secure, with a trusted network powered by blockchain.

SAVING THE SUPPLY CHAIN

Although these five key challenges cause massive interruptions in the aerospace supply chain, we have good news. These challenges have solutions. The right partner can simplify your supply chain, work to limit your exposure, and help you gain confidence in your inventory.

The Surgere Software Suite and proprietary hardware solution is free from industry-specific restraints. In other words, Surgere’s solution works for any industry because of advanced technology and dedicated team members. To save the supply chain, Surgere has found success through understanding the specific needs of clients and taking the time to learn about entire industries. Surgere has worked tirelessly to develop the solutions that meet those needs and execute them to success – aerospace is certainly no exception.

If you are experiencing one or more of these challenges, let’s talk solutions.  Contact Surgere by emailing us at connect@surgere.com or visit our website, www.surgere.com.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rusty Coleman, Vice President of Digital Transformation at Surgere, started his career in the U.S. Army where he served with the 82ndAirborne. Since then, Rusty has contributed to top companies such as Gulfstream Aerospace and Electrolux, with over 36 years of operations and supply chain management experience. His diverse background includes the defense, industrial equipment, Automotive T1, construction equipment, aerospace, and consumer products sectors. As a leading member of Global and Corporate Digital Governance Boards, Rusty brings his visionary approach of strategic corporate digitalization to Surgere. He also brings expertise in supply chain visibility and connectivity, digital project execution, and IT systems integration.

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