Special Issue "Managing Data and Information of Aerospace Product Lifecycle"
A special issue of Aerospace (ISSN 2226-4310).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2019).
Interests: product lifecycle management; business process management; aerospace industry
Interests: product lifecycle management; design technologies and methods
The aeronautics supply chain is an intricate net of partners, collaborating, and with different roles and associated risks, in the realization of the parts and processes needed to realize the three main aircraft systems: Fuselage, avionics, and engine, as well as their related assembly activities. Different skills are required regarding methods and tools. Furthermore, there are several technological issues to be managed, and the cooperation mechanisms needed among the different actors, in the different roles of the supply chain, until a complete vehicle is realized.
Currently, air traffic is growing, with new destinations and a higher frequency of flights. More countries and cities are being linked with direct flights that allow constant passenger movement. It is foreseen that aircraft production will increase by 22.5% in the next five years, with the production of 1550 aircrafts, leading the global aerospace sector to organize opportune actions to manage the increasing demand and, also, the lifecycle of newer and older products. Several external contingencies will impact production in the aerospace sector and will determine new solutions to be adopted and also unexpected directions that have to be evaluated and considered to establish an overall and long-term strategy. Climate changes policies, innovativeness in the use of information (e.g., big data, cyber security, and sensors) and new air transport sector business models are only three other contingencies to be considered. In this landscape, technological innovation and advances are fundamental, both for optimizing and innovating products and, also, for enabling companies involved in product lifecycles to perform accurately their activities and increase their competitiveness.
Among the different phases of an aerospace product lifecycle, design is a critical one. Products and processes that are well designed will generate low reworks in the manufacturing phase, and change requests from manufacturing to design departments, generating lower lead-times and costs and a quicker achievement of the desired level of quality.
The role played by Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), either as IT tools or as a strategic business approach, is fundamental. Each time a company’s product is designed, physically realized, delivered to a customer, and, in some cases, also maintained and disposed, its lifecycle generates technical data and information, requiring adequate systems and approaches to be managed, with different impacts on organizational structure and behavior.
We welcome papers addressing the management of data, information and knowledge of aerospace systems and components through the use of technologies and methodologies for optimizing and innovating the activities of the engineering departments leading to increase quality and performance in aircraft production and reducing costs and environmental impacts.
 Deloitte, 2017, 2017 Global Aerospace and Defense sector outlook online available on https://www2.deloitte.com/global/en/pages/manufacturing/articles/global-a-and-d-outlook.html
Prof. Dr. Angelo Corallo
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- product design
- data management
- information management
- IT systems
- organizational impacts
- integrated frameworks