Industry 4.0 – Assessment and Roadmap Definition for Aerospace Manufacturing

An increasing order backlog for aircraft and stringent regulations makes a compelling business case for both OEMs and suppliers in the asset-heavy aerospace industry to employ digital technologies and maximize asset utilization to unlock hidden value. However, before embarking on the Industry 4.0 journey, which encompasses digital technologies, a careful and thorough assessment of current capabilities and state of readiness is necessary. This review will conserve precious resources, time and costs that can otherwise be incurred while implementing randomly selected technologies that do not align with business objectives.

This paper describes a holistic framework based on the Acatech Industry 4.0 Maturity Index to help aerospace OEMs and suppliers assess their maturity, identify gaps and strategically prioritize and prepare their Industry 4.0 transformation roadmap.

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