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Ubisense gives Airbus unprecedented visibility of global logistics to boost production efficiencies

2/20/15

Solution: Smart Factory for tracking work in progress

Sector: Aerospace manufacturing

Location: Toulouse, France

     

Airbus, renowned manufacturer of the world’s largest passenger airliner, the A380, operates production facilities across several regions. Leveraging Ubisense Smart Factory, Airbus has gained global perspective of its assembly operations and boosted production efficiency.


Challenge

The Airbus A380 is assembled in Toulouse, France, but many of its critical components and parts, including the wings, cockpit and fuselage, are manufactured by specialists in other parts of the world. Such a geographically dispersed operation poses several challenges to production logistics in aircraft manufacturing. Multiple manual processes were prone to errors and inefficiencies, which could have proven costly for Airbus. By gaining insight and real-time monitoring of its assets, Airbus could radically streamline its global operations and eliminate the overhead associated with many error-prone processes.

Solution

Ubisense Smart Factory is specifically engineered to deliver unprecedented visibility of manufacturing processes and provide critical insights by using real-time location data to monitor operations. For Airbus, Ubisense Smart Factory enables the staff in Toulouse to view the current production status of assets in other countries at any time. This level of visibility has helped to identify and resolve process weaknesses and significantly improve operational flow.

This real-time work-in-progress (WIP) monitoring includes accurate tracking of progress per component, a real-time visual display of component locations and synchronized information for the components of every single aircraft. Instantaneous alerts notify Airbus when process deviations occur. This level of insight and detailed reporting has enabled Airbus to much more effectively manage its WIP inventory and proactively optimize its production processes.

Results 

By implementing Ubisense Smart Factory, Airbus drastically improved its asset utilization and now more effectively manages its WIP inventory. Empowered with knowledge about the precise status of all A380 components in any geography at any time, Airbus has gained a global perspective of its assembly operations and boosted production efficiency.

Real-time information can help us better support increased production rates more quickly and more accurately.”

Carlo K Nizam, head of Value Chain Visibility and RFID division, Airbus

Benefits in Brief

  • Significantly reduced WIP inventory costs
  • Proactive optimization of global assembly processes
  • Real-time error and overrun alerts
  • Minimized non-value-added work

Key Facts

  • Sites: France, Germany, UK
  • Sensors: 90
  • Tags: 210
  • Precision: 1 meter
  • Reliability: Almost 100%.

About Airbus

Airbus is a world-leading commercial aircraft manufacturer, with products ranging from 100 to more than 500 seats, including the flagship A380. With a workforce of more than 60,000 employees, the company headquarters are in Toulouse, France, with specialized manufacturing facilities in France, Germany, Spain and the UK. It also has subsidiaries in the U.S., China, India, Middle East and Japan.