Leveraging Synchronous Technology in Aircraft Manufacturing

In business since 2002, Indaer Industrial Aeronáutica (Indaer) has grown to have a staff of 100 engineers, technicians and analysts who provide planning and construction solutions for the aerospace industry. Venturing into new territory, the company is implementing the design and mass production of the first Colombian-built airplane, the Mylius MY-103-200 Mistral.

The design project was first started in Germany using another application. However, Indaer is now developing the product entirely with Solid Edge CAD software from Siemens. Indaer is using Solid Edge with synchronous technology to take advantage of all previous data and engineering changes.

What is Synchronous Technology?

After observing the growth of new technological innovations in the market, Indaer decided to enhance its engineering processes and discovered Solid Edge with synchronous technology as the means to achieve its new goals. After analyzing its new design project and studying the manufacturer’s standards, Indaer now uses Solid Edge to make all decisions based on design data they receive.

As part of the overall project, the company had to paint the entire airplane, redesign the electrical system and perform inspections on the structure, engine and the control system. “One of the big engineering challenges was to organize and position the new equipment on the existing instrument panel in the airplane,” explains engineer Jose Luiz Ramirez.

Indaer also uses Solid Edge to perform structural damage repairs on the aircraft. The process begins by consulting with the manufacturer before making any modifications. This includes using Solid Edge to view and understand the necessary repairs. To accomplish some of its tasks, Indaer supplies manufactured, custom-made parts and tools to its customers (airline and leasing companies). Indaer can now manufacture tools at prices competitive with those from the international market.

While Solid Edge was used successfully in the comprehensive design of this aircraft, the stress and structural analysis can subsequently be completed in FEMAP. Because of FEMAP’s CAD-independent feature, it is a seamless transition from Solid Edge to FEMAP. Requiring only a simple importation of the CAD geometry, distinct tasks can easily be split up between these two compatible software programs.

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