Implementing IIoT Technology in Aerospace Manufacturing

Tapping in to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) means more connectivity and more feedback.

In recent years, fewer technologies have had a more profound impact on the aerospace manufacturing industry than the growing prevalence of Wi-Fi equipped devices. Taken together, these smart devices form what has become known as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), a network which operates largely outside the browsable Internet, but which generates great quantities of data waiting to be mined.

Many aerospace manufacturers have already taken their first steps toward integrating this technology into every stage of their process, from research and development to production to the monitoring and maintenance of active aircraft fleets. However, given the sheer quantity of data feedback generated from IIoT devices, it is clear that there still exists a vast, untapped potential for innovation and improvement.

Inora Technologies has been hard at work over the years to advance technology that not only generates higher quality data for analysis, but also interprets that data at greater speed and with higher accuracy, so that aerospace manufacturers can take action immediately, thereby improving the quality of their product while reducing production costs.

However, true implementation of IIoT technology will require foresight and preparation if manufacturers want to position themselves to be on the cutting edge as this field improves. Here are some of the top benefits that IIoT bring to manufacturers, as well as some of the challenges the aerospace industry should expect to overcome in the next few years.

More accurate data from sensory inputs.

Sensor data is critical for measuring and analyzing a wide range of production factors, including engine performance, aircraft aerodynamics, and component fit and function. However, there are two limiting factors that greatly impact the utility of sensor data: accuracy and timeliness.

In terms of accuracy, the quality of the data a sensor is able to gather is of utmost importance. First and foremost, the data must be reliable to be of any use to manufacturers. But data that is broadly accurate but imprecise is also less useful. Meanwhile, sensor data that can only be collected at intervals is less useful than real-time feedback.

IIoT technology enables more timely feedback from sensors, because they can transmit data in real time. And Inora technology can insure greater accuracy from the sensors themselves, thereby providing more reliable results.

Greater connectivity and communication between IIoT devices.

Have you ever looked at your manufacturing process and gotten the sense that “the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing,” so to speak? The problem of isolated devices, each with their own store of valuable data yet operating independently from other devices in the same manufacturing ecosystem, is one that has plagued manufacturers for years.

IIoT offers a solution, but enacting it can be unexpectedly complex. Even when a smart device is delivering data to a central interface, it isn’t necessarily working with other Wi-Fi-enabled devices in its vicinity to create a more streamlined process. Creating an interface and linking devices through it should be a top priority for aerospace manufacturers who want to advance their implementation of IIoT technology.

High-powered computation to translate data into actionable information.

IIoT devices gather a tremendous amount of data, much of it unstructured and therefore unused. For many organizations, one of the biggest challenges of IIoT implementation lies not in collecting the data, but in knowing what to do with it once they have it.

This is an area where Inora Technologies has been able to advance IIoT technology. By providing accurate, immediate feedback about data quality, manufacturers are able to act more quickly to improve their production performance.

Reliable, repeatable test results that inform engineering processes.

IIoT also aids engineering processes in its ability to deliver real-time feedback about part performance. Engineers rely on this data to improve their designs, which require intense testing in both virtual and prototype phases.

A test that goes well must be repeatable in order to pass the high engineering standards required by the aerospace industry. Furthermore, when a test fails, engineers must be able to quickly spot the point of error so that they can iterate and improve their design. Inora products work with IIoT devices to improve the capabilities of engineering teams in their research and development processes.

Predictive maintenance to reduce down time and improve safety.

Finally, while IIoT can have a huge impact on manufacturing, its use in predictive maintenance cannot be underestimated. Parts that fail suddenly not only lead to unexpected down time and delays, but may also pose a serious safety risk.

Given the high cost of manufacturing aerospace parts, and the extreme consequences of failure, it is essential that the industry maintain the highest standards possible. The predictive capabilities enabled by IIoT monitoring devices not only prevent accidents, but reduce costs by limiting emergency maintenance and keeping the manufacturing floor running smoothly.

Inora Technologies can help you put IIoT technology to use more effectively.

Working together, Inora SRS and ASYS combine data verification and analysis at an unprecedented level of accuracy and reliability. By incorporating the technological capabilities of these systems, your organization can improve outcomes across the production cycle, from development to production to delivery and maintenance.

If you would like to learn more about how we can adapt our technology to your organization’s needs, contact us. We offer a free consultation where we are happy to discuss past projects and learn more about ways we can address the challenges that are specific to your company and industry.