Beyond the Concept: Automation in the Airlines and Aerospace Markets

November 16, 2021


Steve Strong, Regional Engineering Manager, Seattle, at Concept Systems, spoke with Tyler Kern about some of the automation challenges in the airline and aerospace industries. Something both markets have in common: they each have expensive and complex products to manufacture and automate.

Strong said because of these complexities, the proposals Concept Systems does and the projects they execute in that space are often some of their most expensive, complicated, and significant projects.

“You have potentially millions of dollars of product that you’re working on, and so you have to be cognizant of that and make sure there’s no margin for error in the work you do,” Strong explained.

A lot of pre-planning goes into these types of projects to ensure the expected outcome is the outcome. And Strong said another product Concept Systems offers is their collision avoidance product called On Guard.

“We have a product that can be added on to the top of any motion platform,” Strong said. “We see this getting purchased with robot platforms. In real-time, it can track the state of that work cell and compare it against a digital model to ensure that the next move won’t cause a collision or cause an error in the work cell.”

When Strong looks at the big picture and all the major players in the airline and aerospace markets, he sees a move towards automation in manufacturing instead of the more traditional static build approach of the past.

“I do think we will see more of an automotive factory style of production in both the commercial space and the defense and space areas,” Strong noted.

Recent Episodes

predictive and prescriptive analytics
View episode

As the logistics industry rapidly integrates connected, smart, and ecosystem-level technologies, predictive and prescriptive analytics promise to streamline operations and enhance efficiency. The recent influx of high-revenue opportunities has drawn blue-chip technology talent into the logistics sector, highlighting the increasing importance of predictive analytics, artificial intelligence, and automation in shaping the future of…

View episode

Recent trends in the automotive industry are indicating that there’s a significant pivot towards electric vehicles (EVs), driven by global sustainability goals and technological advancements. As nations around the world race to dominate the growing EV market, the United States faces a crucial challenge: building a robust, domestic EV supply chain. From mining rare…

buying electric vehicles
View episode

The global competition in the electric vehicle (EV) sector is intensifying and U.S. manufacturers are focusing on innovative strategies just to stay ahead. The key to achieving this effort is educating consumers about the benefits of EVs and fostering collaborations between industries and governments. These initiatives aim to make EVs more accessible and affordable,…