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Aircraft wire harness fabrication

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Learn how to improve harness manufacturing profitability.

In a cost and time squeezed business, the challenge hits when it comes time to actually manufacture the components of a platform's electrical system. No component is under more time and cost pressure than the Electrical Wiring Interconnect System (EWIS), the platform's electrical harnesses.

In this webinar, you will learn how a model-based, harness manufacturing engineering solution can contribute to retaining, and even improving, fabrication profitability. We’ll show you how the digital twin accelerates manufacturing engineering, reduces errors, reduces labor and enables manufacturers to respond dexterously in the face of change. The result: higher productivity, less scrap and ultimately, greater profitability.

Challenges in aircraft wire harness fabrication

Aircraft harness suppliers are under increasing pressure whether they are within an OEM or acting as an independent supplier. Challenges in aircraft wire harness fabrication include businesses suffering from profitability constraints on all sides: from increased harness complexity driven by more electric platforms, to the need to rapidly transition design changes into production, to serving demanding customers who expect ever-lower cost assemblies delivered just in time while they threaten to further vertically integrate into harness manufacture.

Meanwhile, platform designers are changing their electrical systems and consequently their harnesses, ever more frequently, to respond to changing demands of their customers. They expect their harness suppliers to keep up, transitioning these changes into production quickly and with a minimum of cost and schedule impacts. These trends in the industry make it ever more difficult for harness fabrication to meet expectations for responsiveness, quality, delivery time and profitability.

Trends impacting aircraft harness manufacturing

This webinar addresses many trends impacting aircraft harness manufacturing. These trends align with challenges suppliers face and include:

  • Increased system complexity
  • Increased frequency of design changes
  • More challenging program launches
  • OEM/supplier vertical integration
  • Increased margin pressure from customers
  • Loss of tribal knowledge

Improve harness manufacturing profitability

Find out how to turn data into a competitive advantage to improve harness manufacturing profitability. This webinar will help you to:

  • Understand the trends and difficulties faced by harness manufacturers that make achieving profitability goals so challenging
  • Learn how a model-based, E/E systems development environment benefits manufacturing engineering and manufacturing teams
  • Gain deeper insight into the types of operational improvements these teams will achieve from making the necessary investments

Meet the speakers

Siemens Digital Industries Software

Anthony Nicoli

Director Aerospace & Defense

Leading the aerospace business for the IES segment, Anthony is charged with expanding IES’s contribution to this market. Prior to this role, he led the Mentor Graphics technical sales team serving The Boeing Company. He joined Mentor in 1999, growing to lead the marketing organization for Mentors’ integrated circuit physical verification product line, Calibre, before joining the Mentor sales team.

Anthony spent nearly twenty years in the defense industry, developing electro-optic and electro-acoustic systems and businesses, working primarily in the tactical missile countermeasure and underwater imaging domains. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Northeastern University.

Siemens Digital Industries Software

Steve Caravella

Solutions Architect and Market Development Manager - Integrated Electrical Systems (IES)

Steve is solutions architect and market development manager in the aerospace industry for the IES segment of Siemens Digital Industries Software. With more than 28 years in the aerospace industry, his experience includes leading and executing projects and programs in technical and program management roles, defining and implementing new business processes and tools and developing and mentoring engineering teams. His technical strengths include airworthiness and engineering design (structures and system engineering) along with strong customer and end-user focus. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering mechanics from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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