The aerospace industry is experiencing a growing trend. According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), air passenger numbers are set to increase from 3.8 billion passengers in 2016 to 7.2 billion passengers by 2035.

ATS Global has vast experience spanning 30+ years in the aerospace and defence industry. During our evolution within the sector, we have served premiere aerospace organizations cutting across OEMs, Tier-1s, Tier-2s and component suppliers. Our domain experience spans from underwater defence submarines to high-flying commercial aircraft, from complete engines to elementary casting components.

We have been instrumental in technological evolutions at major aerospace and defence installations over the past 3 decades and our rich portfolio of Products, Solutions and Services have helped global aerospace and defence manufacturers in their Automation & IT, quality and digital transformation initiatives.

We are glad to be associated with four of the global top-10 commercial aircraft manufacturers. We are the prime reason behind continuous uptime of production critical applications at our customers´ global production sites.

.To satisfy the demand for new aircrafts and components, manufacturers will require:

  • Expansion of manufacturing capacity

  • Outsourcing into the supply chain

  • Shorter new product introduction cycles

  • Faster production ramp up rates

  • Faster incorporation of new technologies and manufacturing methods

  • Reduction in material and energy consumption, and environmental impact

Fast Facts

  • 5,000+ projects in aerospace and defence

  • Customer portfolio of 3 of the Top-5 Commercial Aircraft manufacturers

  • Experience of implementing aerospace systems in accordance with AS9100 standards for QMS

What do we do?

ATS has been helping aerospace businesses to meet their concurrent challenges by implementing robust and scalable automation and digitalisation solutions.

Some of the proven business cases successfully implemented in global aerospace and defence companies include:

  • Manufacturing Operations Management for full traceability systems for material and manpower
  • Quality Management solutions for Visual Inspection and a precision geometric quality system to understand and correct underlying defects
  • Management of shop-floor operations for repair processes
  • Virtual commissioning and maintenance of a high-fidelity digital twin
  • Process Planning, Assembly Engineering and Manufacturing Knowledge Management systems to enable highly repeatable operations with fewer resources requiring less training
  • Production planning and scheduling for aerospace and defence industry
  • Capturing and utilising key process variable data from the manufacturing process to self-correct and prevent faults from progressing
  • IT/OT convergence solutions for equipment connectivity and integration of Manufacturing IT systems (e.g. MES, ERP, PLM)
  • Deployment of Industry 4.0 technologies, including IoT, location awareness devices and data analytics with predictive capabilities
  • Andon and OEE KPI / efficiency analysis
  • Consultancy for vendor management & development
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Close Loop Engineering – Manufacturing | Digital twin of process and product | IT/OT Convergence

How do we do it?

ATS enables its customers to transform their digital initiatives into roadmaps and execute them with precision. We leverage our decades of experience in the aerospace and defence industry and utilize an optimal combination of our Training, Consultancy, Project Management, Products, Solutions, Services and 24/7 Support to realize our customer’s vision.

Our aerospace and defence offerings cover all of the processes, data, applications and technologies required to fulfil automation, IT, Quality and digitalisation initiatives. We provide an expert perspective on the top technology trends and options available in the market.

The implementation cycle can be customized to suit varying needs of “do it now” for tactical projects and “strategic implementations” for long-term roll-outs. We achieve this with the following key activities:

  • End-to-end digitalisation by reconfiguration of production and assembly lines
  • Enable widespread automation, traceability, digital verification and additive manufacturing across the supply chain
  • Create real-time management information streams by using simulations, modelling tools, algorithms and optimization techniques
  • Prepare assembly lines to take full advantage of the Industrial Internet of Things, Big Data analytics and other Industry 4.0 elements by setting up tags, OPC connections, IT/OT integration and interfaces

Customer Benefits

  • Reduction in defects, thus improving productivity and cost rates

  • Faster release of product/process changes to the shop floor, improving agility

  • Improved flow and inventory reduction

  • Cycle time optimization

  • Zero disruption resulting from parts transfer across the globe and into the supply chain

  • Faster factory commissioning

  • Improved efficiency and reduction of downtime

  • Accelerate execution of digital transformation strategies

  • Widespread adoption of a standard System across multiple plants

  • Reduction in applications due to standardization and convergence on a core set of strategic applications

  • Just in time delivery systems to ensure efficient information flow lines

Aerospace & Defence Success Stories 

ATS Global Implements Manufacturing Intelligence System by Integrating PLM for a Leading Aerospace Engine OEM

ATS now support manufacturer in a total of 13 facilities in both Europe and the USA.

An International Aerospace Manufacturer Chooses ATS Global to Implement Smart Manufacturing Practice for their Manufacturing Line

Thanks to ATS Bus,  data are now transmitted seamlessly between Information Technology (IT) and Operations Technology (OT) worlds.

ATS Supports an International Aerospace Supplier Implementing SIMATIC IT Preactor Advanced Planning and Scheduling

25% reduction in customer complaints on delivery performance; More than 5% yield improvement through improved scheduling; 10% increase in delivery performance.

ATS Quality Management Solution Helps Compressor Blade Ceramic Core Manufacturer Optimise Production

Significant improvement in inspection times; ROI achieved in 10 months; Accountability for Quality moved to manufacturing.

Global Aerospace Manufacturers Choose ATS CM4D for Dimensional Data Solutions

Download the full case study to discover all of the benefits that ATS CM4D presented.

Integrated Production Tracking and Order Handling Enabled by ATS Bus

All order information is being securely transferred between the machines on the plant floor and the MES platform providing the customer with dependable business continuity.

Bombardier chooses ATS Global to enhance the quality control of their C-Series and Lear Jet programs in Ireland

Enhancement in the overall quality Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).

Manufacturing Quality of Jet Engines Enhanced by ATS Inspect at Honeywell

ATS Inspect is being used to check for potential concerns such as damaged or incorrectly oriented components, incorrectly placed clamps, adequate spacing around wiring looms and so on.

Preactor Advanced Scheduling helps to shorten lead times at Aerospace manufacturer

Tight integration with ERP complemented with Preactor-specific data to leverage existing information in the company.