5Internet of Augmented Industry

“Innovation is the market introduction of a technical or organisational novelty, not just its invention.”Joseph A. Schumpeter

5.1. Formation of a systematic approach to implement digitalization in production

5.1.1. Organizational foundation

The aim of this chapter is to provide some examples on the application of digital tools and augmented reality in the production areas of aircrafts and spacecrafts at Airbus. To achieve maximum benefits, we believe in the importance of having one standard of these tools for the whole production perimeter, even if the final application may vary to some degree, taking into account the respective business needs and constraints. It is necessary to understand some background of the organizational setup of the business described before implementing standardized processes.

In 2017, a decision was taken to reorganize the whole production perimeter, which resulted mainly in building two organizational units: One representing the aircraft final assembly lines, including maintenance, repair and overhaul activities, and the other grouping together the aero- and spacestructure activities and the assembly facilities for spacecrafts. It should be noted that the first step was taken in 2014 when aircraft production areas were aligned. Therefore, this second step was a logical next step. However, all of these production areas have, in the past, hardly been connected to each other, which resulted in different processes, methods, ...

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