Aeronautics: growth, restructuring and challenges

Global traffic has been doubling once every fifteen years since 1970. The global fleet needs to double by 2030, prompted by the need for the major airlines to modernise and by growth in emerging countries.

Aeronautics is a key strategic industry associated with major investments in product capacity and technologies that employs 130,000 people in France and accounts for around 10% of total exports, or €60 billion.

This sector encompasses three segments: aircraft manufacturers (airplanes and helicopters), airframe & engine manufacturers and equipment manufacturers (landing gear, nacelles, avionics, etc.). This requires involvement from several parties in the cycle.

Innovation enables the players in the aeronautic sector to succeed in an uncertain future, to distinguish themselves from traditional or new competition. Finally, innovation will provide the resources needed to meet the challenges of the 21st century in terms of sustainable development, by reducing fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and noise pollution.

Sogeti High Tech, a long-time partner of the aeronautic sector

Sogeti High Tech is active in areas ranging from structure and system design and physical testing, to research, development and simulation, covering all of the subdivisions of the aeronautics chain (manufacturers of equipment, engines, systems, aircraft).

Sogeti High Tech is located in the immediate vicinity of major players in the aeronautic industry, in Toulouse in the Aerospace cluster with Airbus and in Marignane with Airbus Helicopters, in Bordeaux, Pau and Paris and in the competitive clusters associated with these regions of France, as well as abroad, such as in Spain, Germany and the United Kingdom.

Sogeti High Tech is involved in the entire life cycle, from designing innovative maintenance tools (predictive maintenance using a Big Data platform) to in-service support for military equipment, and also offers support in the product cycle in order to minimise costs in the new structures of the factory of the future.

Collaborative robotics for testing at Airbus Helicopters

Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.

This video showcases Automation of testing phases on helicopters avionics supported by a robotic arm. These collaborative robots can work alongside humans in enhancing performance testing. The robotic arm shows demonstration of an operational procedure in programming a destination. The arm can be successfully used with other equipment’s and expand its capabilities in trails. The customers will benefit from better quality and increase in productivity as all the formalised and non-regression testing will be handled by robots.

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