Discrete Manufacturing and Systems

Industrial engineering key figures:

The overall Aerospace and Defense industry revenue rose by 5% in 2014

In 2012, the U.S. aerospace industry contributed $118 billion in export sales to the U.S. economy.  The industry’s positive trade balance of $71 billion is the largest trade surplus of any manufacturing industry and came from exporting 64.3 % of all aerospace production.

The U.S. Semiconductor & Circuit Manufacturing industry generated $85 billion in 2014 and employs more than 90,000 people.

The U.S. electrical equipment manufacturing industry produced $43 billion revenue in 2014 with a growth of 1.7%

export sales from U.S. aerospace industry
people employed in the semiconductor and circuit manufacturing industry
growth in electrical equipment manufacturing

Discrete engineering business challenges

Weapons programs, satellites, transportation systems and programs are becoming a complex command chain made of hardware, software, electronic components. These components have their own individual life cycle but still need to cooperate in order to build a coherent and efficient industrial engineering system. None of these systems can afford to fail.

This is extremely challenging for these industries which are characterized by highly complex products with long lifecycles (over 40 years), distributed supply chain, extended customer relationships.

Market shares and profitability of manufacturers of cars, consumer electronics products, home appliances, and white and brown goods, are continuously under pressure. In today’s volatile market, discrete engineering manufacturers are facing challenges, including technical competence, environmental safety, regulation compliance, and cost pressures arising from a variety of sources. Limited traceability and quality control leads to excessive manufacturing cycle time and the need for repairs.

The discrete, automotive, and aerospace industry faces several challenges including:

  • Increased projects and program complexity and the need for managing visibility across the extended business
  • Streamlining global product lifecycle while leveraging local cost-saving opportunities
  • Significant challenges in information management to drive business performance across a range of operating processes
  • Volatility in raw material prices
  • Environmental regulations in industrial engineering products such as product safety concerns and consumers’ attention to social and environmental issues.

By enabling the ability to track and trace product comprehensively, discrete engineering manufacturers can shorten cycle time, reduce costs, eliminate the need for paper-based tracking, and minimize recalls and repairs.

Discrete engineering and consumers involvement

Consumers have increased influence over the adoption and success of new products and services, forcing discrete engineering manufacturers to develop new relationships with them. Globalization and growth in emerging markets opens up new opportunities, while sustainability efforts and complex regulations require new levels of sophistication in industrial engineering.

Lascom solution for discrete engineering

Single repository

Single repository, document management and program related information management features. These key points in Lascom industrial engineering software offer an easy representation of complex data sets such as military ships, weapons, satellite programs and industrial engineering products.

Document management functionalities

A full set of document management functionalities, particularly adapted to the complex needs of technical drawings management. The industrial engineering software is able to handle rigid industrial data thanks to its “clay-like” structure.

Lascom benefits for discrete engineering customers

Success Stories

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  • Expro : Rationnaliser les processus
  • Case Study : NACMA, NATO Agency
  • DC Mat : SEEDD Project

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