The Airbus subsidiary operating in the aerospace sector, Stelia Aerospace, has decided to invest €110 million over four years. For Stelia, robotisation is at the heart of the industry of the future in order to make its production more efficient as well as its maintenance with artificial intelligence.
This is a concrete decision that will enable the manufacturer to innovate throughout its production process.
our years ago, the Airbus subsidiary inaugurated its new, state-of-the-art factory in Méaulte in the Somme region of France, which required an investment of around 70 million euros.
This factory was at the cutting edge of technology thanks to a high level of digitalisation and the arrival of some thirty robots for the production line. Today, Stelia has not given up on its aerostructure activity and has therefore demonstrated that it is still operational by investing 110 million euros in the development of new factories of the future.
This will allow the subsidiary to reinforce its strategy in terms of factory 4.0 and to be at the forefront of progress in terms of production thanks to robotics and also artificial intelligence. The development of robotization will make it possible to do away with templates during assembly in the future, but also to deploy modular lines that can accommodate different aircraft programmes.
Artificial intelligence and big data will greatly optimise the supply chain as well as the maintenance of the various materials used in the manufacturing process.
For the French aircraft manufacturer AIRBUS, this project also consists of improving the group’s reactivity by shortening the decision chains and integrating the production plants more closely. This factory project is interesting because there will be no question of dismantling as it will be an improvement of an existing factory. Airbus is today in a very good position compared to its main competitor Boeing, which is also facing a health crisis like the French group, but which is still struggling to recover from the 737 MAX crisis. In the same sector of activity, the French group SAFRAN has also directed its efforts towards more intelligent factories. Technologies that are even more focused on production and data exploitation. These technologies will serve to optimise productivity but also the working conditions of its employees. These new technologies are, for example, 3D simulation (testing the resistance of finished products even before they are designed), virtual reality (virtual modelling of installations) and cobotics (collaborative robotics).
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