Case study

Thales Alenia Space leverages the digital
mock-up to reduce preparation time
and improve traceability

Industry : Space

Thales Alenia Space designs satellite-based systems and delivers cost-effective solutions for telecommunications, navigation, Earth observation, environmental management, exploration, science and orbital infrastructures. 

ROI

• Time saving

• Increased quality

• Traceability

Introduction

As a leader of the space industry, Thales Alenia Space must ensure right first time and efficiency of operations. However on an equipment as complex as a satellite, how to improve competitiveness, workplace comfort for operators and traceability of operations?

Challenges

  • Long tedious preparatory phases for production of space asset (punching and cutting of templates…)
  • Use of 2D paper plans

Solution

Digital instructions based on the 3D model are directly projected on the structure. The operators can visualize precisely where to position elements such as Velcro, heaters or structural parts.

Results & Benefits

  • Preparatory tasks reduced from 2 days down to a few minutes
  • Paperless process
  • Increased quality with in-process control
  • Digital continuity, improving collection of field data and contributing to traceability

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