With the introduction of SOUL OLPS as the standard environment for NC programming and simulation, Premium AEROTEC is paving the way for the introduction of the digitalised production chain. The standardisation not only achieves synergy effects with regard to maintenance and training costs, but also significantly improves the quality of NC programming.
Augsburg. Premium AEROTEC has chosen the SOUL OLPS solution from Broetje-Automation GmbH in Rastede as the standard software for the offline programming and simulation of its riveting systems. Germany’s largest supplier of aerostructures has for some time been pushing ahead with the digitalisation of the entire production chain. The aim is to significantly improve the quality, effectiveness and productivity of production with the help of the latest technologies such as the “digital twin”.
“The introduction of the SOUL Suite is an important step towards the digitalization of our production. The system is fully 3D-capable and supports our “first-time-right” claim. Thanks to the simulation using the Digital Twin, the entire process becomes completely transparent. Collisions between machine and component are eliminated, and rework during NC programming is a thing of the past,” explains Umberto Girard, Head of Manufacturing Engineering & NC Programming at Premium AEROTEC in Augsburg. “By introducing the software, we were not only able to reduce the effort for NC programming, but also to minimize the error rate in production to such an extent that savings of several hundred thousand euros were achieved”.
The software solution is now to be gradually implemented as the standard environment for all riveting systems at Premium AEROTEC. Broetje-Automation began developing the SOUL Suite for its own drilling and riveting systems more than ten years ago.
“I would like to thank the entire Premium AEROTEC team that has contributed to this project. The commitment invested by both partners is now paying off,” says Dirk Eickhorst, Head of Technology at Broetje-Automation.
The standardisation of the software enables Premium AEROTEC to exploit several synergy effects. Flexibility is significantly increased, and the necessary training for NC programmers applies across all plants. In the past, each plant manufacturer pursued its own programming systems. This is now being solved uniformly with SOUL OLPS.
Employees can now implement changes to existing NC programs for production much faster and thus make an important contribution to maintaining throughput times. In addition, the quality level of production has also been significantly improved. After the move, the new system already worked faultlessly in its first use, thus drastically reducing the non-quality costs.
“The project is an example of how digitization supports people,” emphasizes Umberto Girard. “The virtual world helps us to understand the real world better and to make it more transparent. It enables us to find solutions faster and thus improve our competitiveness in Germany as a business location”.
Premium AEROTEC is a global player in the aviation industry and achieved sales of 2 billion euros in 2019. Its core business is the development and manufacture of aircraft structures made of metal and carbon fibre composites. The company has sites in Augsburg, Bremen, Hamburg, Nordenham and Varel in Germany and in the Romanian Braşov. Premium AEROTEC employs a total of around 9,000 people. Further information is available at https://www.premium-aerotec.com/
Broetje-Automation is the world’s leading expert for production processes in the aerospace industry. More than 700 employees at 23 locations and service centers worldwide plan and implement machines and systems for aircraft assembly. Building on more than 40 years of experience in the integration of production lines in the aerospace industry, Broetje-Automation has developed a concept that allows the entire production chain in the smart factory to be digitized throughout by using networked equipment and tools. The prerequisite for this is to make the individual machines and systems “digitalizable”. For this purpose Broetje-Automation has developed the software platform “SOUL” in-house.