According to a recent report by a management consultancy, Vendigital will help the aerospace supply chain meet the ramp-up challenges set by major airframe OEMs. Aerospace and Defense Director Paul Adams said:
Following Airbus’ announcement to increase A320 production to 75 per month by 2025, many manufacturers in the sector are questioning whether they and their supply chains are ready to launch. . At a time when many aerospace manufacturers are struggling to restore productivity in the wake of his Covid-19 pandemic, the challenges of ramping up add pressure to an already grim situation.
As passenger demand for flights returns to near pre-pandemic levels, demand for narrowbody aircraft will soar and Airbus plans to add more than 31,000 single-aisle aircraft between 2022 and 2041 to meet the needs of aircraft operators. I anticipate needing a machine.
A recent report by management consultancy Vendigital shows that in order to get the most out of lamps, manufacturers can improve operational efficiency and simultaneously optimize their supply chains within the short timeframe set by Airbus. seeks to help the industry meet this challenge. up chance.
take a holistic view
Vendigital’s report reveals that manufacturers need to focus on improving internal and external efficiencies to achieve a holistic and accurate picture of their rate readiness. By thoroughly auditing both their own and external supply chains, manufacturers can identify risk factors, such as whether they have the financial capacity to ramp up their production activities.
To assist in this initial process, OEMs and manufacturers are encouraged to first develop an internal checklist designed to improve operational efficiency. This includes activities such as capacity assessments, mapping resource challenges, and reviewing investments and related timelines to ensure they are maintained. This internal checklist contains important information such as understanding that all raw material agreements are being fully implemented, and ensuring that all required machinery and equipment has been evaluated and is functioning at optimum capacity. Points should also be included.
Additionally, you need to consider your governance structure, your KPIs, and your scheduling system to ensure they are all pointing in the same direction and on track. It is also important that this internal checklist includes an assessment of the support capabilities so that the team can successfully handle higher demands. Open communication with employees on all teams about expectations is important and encourages cross-departmental collaboration.
Manufacturers can reduce risk by ensuring that all internal equipment and processes are optimized at the start of the launch program. However, external supply chains should also be considered and steps should be taken to ensure that suppliers at all levels are well prepared to ramp up production.
7 step process
Vendigital reports that 38% of suppliers have inadequate capacity planning processes and nearly 1 in 10 are experiencing significant operational issues, compromising their ability to increase production capacity. external supplier checks are essential for a successful launch. As a guide for manufacturers as they begin planning for external supplier assessments, this report identifies seven critical steps to take when managing their chain of supply and improving efficiency.
This seven-step approach begins by understanding the ramp-up in terms of demand curves and timescale expectations. This understanding allows manufacturers to make a detailed assessment of their supply chain readiness and rank risk areas according to priority. Once these activities are completed, this approach highlights the importance of conducting face-to-face and virtual assessments to build trust with suppliers and move to more collaborative working methods.
The next step is to develop a detailed action plan outlining all identified risks. Leverage your data to create live digital tools that provide end-to-end visibility as your launch progresses. In such areas, it is important to get “buy-in” from your suppliers, and communicate all messages of improvement in a supportive way, rather than top-down directives. This approach further explains that developing understanding and providing support across the supply chain is critical to ensuring program success.
While it is important to conduct detailed internal and external reviews first, these assessments will be repeated periodically during launch, increasing the maturity of both manufacturer and supplier data as the program continues. is needed. This ensures that all learning is documented, all new ways of working are documented, and continuous improvement is made as review cycles are performed. Creating this new “business as usual” approach is the final step in building a launch-ready supply chain, making it more resilient and efficient.
The pace of ongoing ramp-up challenges in the aerospace industry is unprecedented, and manufacturers do much to help both them and their supply chains meet production targets. There may be an opportunity to increase the market share of the acquired manufacturer, although it must be right. By ensuring that internal and external processes are optimized from the start of the rate hike, the manufacturer and his OEMs are best positioned to meet current targets for 2025 and beyond.