With new technologies including artificial intelligence, robotics/ autonomous systems, additive manufacturing, augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR), data analytics, and sensor technologies taking centre stage, the aerospace industry will see an increased push toward the adoption of digital innovation.
Data analytics has emerged as the most essential ‘digital’ solution for 2020 for the end-user community as it has a proven use case, relatively low implementation costs, and the amount of data being generated by the industry is overwhelming. Other capital-intensive solutions such as AR/VR and AI will require more time to scale as the use cases and technologies continue to develop and mature. We will see higher growth in the digital domain as there is less risk involved in adoption.
Additive manufacturing is another trend flying high through the aerospace industry. The engineers have realised that additive manufacturing — coupled with topology optimisation — offers more to the aerospace industry than just lighter parts.
Advances in material science have shown huge benefits for aircraft manufacturers. New materials like carbon nanotubes and graphene are assisting in making aeroplane wings more efficient by reducing weight and fuel consumption.
During the R&D phase of any product, its production is usually the most expensive area. There have been several ways that the industry has been exploring to reduce this, with 3D printing emerging as one of the most common.
This edition of Manufacturing Technology Insights features companies that are at the forefront of offering aerospace manufacturing solutions and services like Comi, Copas, Diab, and Cefival, among others. Manufacturing Technology Insights’ editorial board has assessed and shortlisted some of the most prominent companies in the industry that solve aerospace manufacturing challenges by implementing the current technological trends in the space. We present to you – “Top 10 Aerospace Manufacturing Companies in Europe – 2020”.