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Industry Segment
Aircraft Manufacturers

The competitive stakes for aircraft manufacturers are higher than ever: new market entrants challenge established business models, while environmental regulations and volatile fuel prices are pushing OEMs to develop lighter and more efficient products. But ultimately, economic success will not depend on product innovation alone but also on engaging airlines with excellent customer service and expert support.

With a customer list boasting all leading manufacturers of regional, narrow- and wide-body aircraft, we have an extensive track record of supporting business-critical areas with best-in-class customized software solutions, services and off-the-shelf products, from early product design to commercial marketing and after-sales support.

Product development & strategy

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The pressure to build more efficient aircraft with smaller environmental footprints and lower operating costs is edging manufacturers toward a redesign of core components. But the lack of historical data puts them at a considerable level of risk, not only because of the high capital investment required, but also because of the increased likelihood of technical complications and cost overruns.

Our  software products Pacelab APD for preliminary design and Pacelab SysArc for systems architecture design help aircraft manufacturers manage that risk by providing reliable assessments of the impact of technological innovations early in the design process.

Your benefits

  • Fully explore and understand the design space
  • Multiply the number of design concepts studied
  • Find optimum trade-offs between technical and economic requirements
  • Create a reliable basis for decisions that rely on large investments and long-term commitments
  • Foster product innovation by relieving engineers from non-creative tasks

    Avionic systems

    The development and certification of a new avionic software is a challenging and highly critical task for most aircraft and equipment manufacturers. Its success demands special requirements about performance, functionalities and quality, as well as rigorous control over delivery time and costs.

    Combining in-depth knowledge of the aviation industry, of the production process of mission-critical applications and of the associated regulatory constraints, our experts take care of OEMs’ and first-tier suppliers’ software development, letting them focus on product innovation and design instead.

    With our ISO and CMMI-audited quality and process management, strong safety culture and security clearance, we are able to deliver both classified and non-classified activities on your premises or nearshore.

    Customer engineering

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    Aircraft customization balances airlines’ operational and brand requirements with manufacturers’ business constraints. In order to achieve key production milestones and ensure on-time aircraft delivery, customer engineers need to guide airlines through the equipment selection process swiftly and with few revisions.

    Aircraft configurator Pacelab Cabin provides a wide range of useful features, from electronic catalogs and compliance checks to high-end 3D renderings, for demonstrating and promoting cabin and other aircraft options, visualizing the impact of modifications and generating commercial and contractual documentation.

    Your benefits

    • Cut lead times and revision cycles
    • Enhance customer experience during definition phase
    • Improve layout quality and ensure FAR/JAR compliance
    • Generate template-based contractual documentation and other customer deliverables
    • Support collaboration between stakeholders
    • Streamline process with seamless integration into downstream configuration management

    Digital manufacturing

    All aerospace manufacturers are facing the challenge to achieve industrial excellence: new ways to contain costs, boost productivity and reduce time to market, while improving quality and compliance with standards.

    As a manufacturing process planning methodology based on a strict collaboration among engineering departments, digital manufacturing links all the involved disciplines like manufacturing process design, process engineering and production management.

    We support the aircraft manufacturing and assembly process with digital manufacturing software that help customers to increase their productivity, to manage product changes and their impact on production, inventories and logistics and to improve the overall quality of their processes and products.

    Commercial marketing & sales

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    As hard it may sometimes seem to sell highly customized products with long lead cycles – it’s just as hard to buy them! The most successful aircraft sales and marketing teams help airline buyers navigate the configuration and evaluation process and are able to support competitive pitches with transparent, data-based information.

    Our Pacelab Cabin software for aircraft configuration and Pacelab Mission Suite and Pacelab Route Network Analyzer for aircraft economics and route analysis enable OEMs to efficiently lead airlines though the buying process and to create a customer experience that inspires purchase confidence and satisfaction.

    Your benefits

    • Create a positive customer experience that stands out against the competition
    • Provide relevant, consistent information from initial contact to purchase decision
    • Credibly position your product as the best alternative
    • Reduce response times to customer requests
    • Minimize number of iterations and shorten sales cycles
    • Capture your pitch in state-of-the-art sales collateral

    After-sales support

    Aircraft are complex, expensive vehicles that require highly skilled personnel for their operation and maintenance. Manufacturers are increasingly required to provide training services & solutions, as well as operation support services in order to deliver to their customers the full value of their products in terms of “mission readiness” at optimized costs.

    We support aircraft manufacturers in the development of state of-the-art training solutions based on our expertise in:

    • Advanced mathematical models of aircraft systems, environment & flight dynamics
    • Re-hosted & simulated avionics
    • Multimedia and virtual environments
    • Systems integration and qualification according to internationally recognized FAA/EASA requirements

    From virtual procedural trainers up to full-motion flight simulators, we got you covered!

     

     

    Cabin refurbishment & retrofit

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    Aircraft manufacturers are in a unique position to claim a substantial share of the booming retrofit market by offering airlines operating their products cabin upgrade services to increase space, comfort or the number of revenue-generating seats and to evolve the interior along with the airline brand.

    Aircraft configurator Pacelab Cabin provides invaluable decision-making support for refurbishment projects. A high degree of automation enables retrofit experts to quickly set up a range of LOPAs to investigate different seating scenarios and to use high-end 3D to bring the upgraded cabin to life for their customers.

    Our custom solutions AR field assistants and virtual maintenance trainers powered by off-the-shelf toolbox Pacelab WEAVR support aircraft maintenance technicians with invaluable procedure informations, using text-based instructions, floating annotations and multimedia overlays such as images, 3D animations, video and sound and put them in touch with remote subject matter experts directly from the field.

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