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The IIoT, Artificial Intelligence and Industry 4.0 Tsunami: How can composites manufacturers ride the waves?

Airborne, technology leader in advanced composites automation and digitalisation, and Plataine, the leading provider of Industrial IoT (IIoT) and AIbased optimization solutions for advanced manufacturing, combined their in-depth knowledge on disruptive engineering and manufacturing solutions based on the latest insights of the Industrial IoT and Industry 4.0 (I4.0). Both partners presented at Composites UK's Composites 4.0 event on how composites manufacturers can really benefit from the digital transformation revolution facing the industry.

As IIoT and Industry 4.0 are opening up more and more possibilities for composite parts manufacturers, cutting cost and increasing throughput by automating and optimizing processes such as material cutting, kitting and sorting are at the brink of disrupting the complete value chain of composites manufacturing. For more than 93% of all composites parts manufacturers, growing volumes while cutting costs is troublesome (source: SME & Plataine Survey of 2018).

For the aerospace industry it is estimated that the number of air passengers annually will hit 7.8 billion by 2036. This means the aerospace industry needs to build 40,000 aircraft in the next 20 years – a challenging goal given the fact that current global commercial aircraft production capacity is 1,500 aircraft per year. As OEM’s and suppliers are searching for ways to optimise their current production lines, pressure and demand for on-time delivery and cost down leaves manufacturers struggling to keep pace. Manual processes and practices are prone to error and slow companies down.

Joe Summers, Managing Director Airborne UK said: “The only question you need to ask yourself when you are a composite parts manufacturer for the aerospace industry, is: ‘are you ready to double your current production rate in the next five years’? The only way to meet the required production level is through immense automation and digitalisation. It’s not about ‘should we automate?’. It’s about ‘how do we automate best and fastest?’. At Airborne we have expecting these questions and developed the rights solutions. As a result, our solutions are ready to fly.”

Avner Ben-Bassat, President & CEO at Plataine said: “Industry partnerships between IIoT hardware and software companies, offer the most advanced and cost-effective solutions. But, for truly effective automation in the composites industry, you need more than just a machine: you need to intelligently automate and digitize the production floor as a whole, allowing composites part manufacturers to enter many more applications than currently being used, optimally meeting dynamic production schedules at increased volumes.”

New white paper on IIoT and Industry 4.0 Interested manufacturers will benefit from the knowledge of Airborne and Plataine through downloading a free white paper the companies have published in English and Chinese: and



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