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Industry Segment
Engine Manufacturers & First-Tier Supplier

The role of first-tier aerospace suppliers is shifting towards a deeper involvement in the aircraft design, manufacture and after-sales support. As risk-sharing partners of the OEMs, they take on more innovation work and up-front capital investment. In a consolidation process that favors sustained technological leadership, many suppliers have also expanded their offering to provide fully integrated solutions which enable them to capture a larger portion of the value-chain profits.

We provide state-of-the-art engineering software solutions to engine manufacturers, system suppliers and component suppliers, which support them in developing, pitching, manufacturing and servicing products with superior technology content and innovation.

Product development & strategy

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As engine manufacturers and first-tier suppliers take responsibility for the design and integration of entire systems and for the management of lower-tier suppliers, their focus has shifted from a product-centric to a more holistic system-level view.

Pacelab software products for preliminary design are made to support a holistic approach, which monitors system interdependencies and aircraft-level impact. They build on Pacelab Suite, a generic platform for early-stage product design, which can be flexibly extended with domain-specific functionality and analysis methods. Available off-the-shelf solutions are Pacelab APD for preliminary aircraft design and Pacelab SysArc for systems architecture design.

Your benefits

  • Explore and understand the design space
  • Multiply the number of design concepts studied
  • Find optimum trade-offs between technical and economic requirements
  • Assess aircraft-level impact early on
  • Integrate and protect your IP assets
  • Support investment decisions regarding development and risk-sharing programs

Technical sales

The ability to predict with accuracy how a component or system will perform in the context of a specific aircraft configuration not only helps technical sales teams decide which product/product option to offer but also enables them to create a stronger, data-based sales pitch.

Pacelab APD for preliminary aircraft design supports technical sales teams with a comprehensive set of ready-to-use aircraft models, analysis methods and reporting options. Pacelab SysArc is available for analyzing aircraft systems architectures, including flight control and environmental control systems, electrical power generation and hydraulic systems.

Your benefits

  • Provide relevant, consistent information from initial contact to purchase decision
  • Demonstrate the capabilities of your product at aircraft level
  • Credibly position your product as the best alternative
  • Capture key points of your sales pitch in payload-range charts, weight reports, 3D views and other documentation
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Digital manufacturing

All aerospace companies are facing an increasing complexity in their products. The complexity lies not only in the product itself, but also in the way the product is to be designed, tested, its components procured and produced, assembled, distributed and served at costumers' side.

Companies operating in complex manufacturing context require both adequate support in terms of methodologies and IT tools and a background of competences and experiences.

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.

After-sales support

The emergence of virtual and augmented reality-based technologies and wearable computing present significant new opportunities that redefine the way mechanics and maintenance technicians are educated and supported in their day-to-day activities.

Leveraging customers' existing technological and procedural know-how, we develop tailor-made software solutions, which help engine manufacturers and first-tier suppliers to minimize errors, cut down on costs and improve product quality.

Our solutions are powered by the off-the-shelf Pacelab WEAVR toolbox for the rapid development and deployment of AR/VR procedural training applications.