Assystem digitalizes its tools for better efficiency

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QI Tablet enables quality inspection of aircraft cabin elements
QI Tablet enables quality inspection of aircraft cabin elements (Crédits : Assystem)
To add value to the operations performed for its customers, Assystem is positioning itself in the digitalization of tools and processes, such as quality inspection.

Assystem is present in all the product lifecycle sectors for its customers, major contractors in the aerospace industry, and has improved its services in the development, production and maintenance of aircraft and helicopters thanks to digitized tools. "Instead of discovering the new algorithm to revolutionise this sector, we are looking to bring a 'ground' gain with our missions", explains Ygal Levy, Vice-President Strategy and Innovation of Assystem's Global Product Solutions division.

Example of the QI (Quality Inspection) Tablet, an embedded web app that enables quality inspection of aircraft cabin elements.

"Before, the inspector took notes on his paper check list, and then went back to his workstation where he would write them up on his computer. Now, these tasks are performed directly on the tablet. This saves valuable time and gives priority to real-time operations by the inspection team", says Yvan Levy.

Digitization halves the duration of the operation, provides a real-time view of the aircraft's status and optimally adjusts the human resources to be allocated to quality inspection. Also, half an hour is enough to learn and use the software. For Assystem managers, it also saves time in data consolidation, given their instantaneous return to the customer. Used since January 2017 at Assystem customers, the QI Tablet may, in the future, be adapted to all types of control, including for sectors of activities that require detailed and comprehensive verifications.

Another digitized product is the Product Data Viewer, a tool that allows the user to view engineering information on a 3D model: texts, photos, etc. Using a 3D CAD design and engineering model, Assystem succeeds in simplifying this model, which generally has many assets (materials, constraints, etc.) to achieve a model with only the locations of the 3D points. Information is stored in each of these points. "On a part of an airplane, for example, we implemented tests and were able to view the results quickly. Even a novice can use it", describes the Vice-President Strategy and Innovation of Assystem's Global Product Solutions division.

The third digitized tool, Flow.Diag (for flow diagrams or "spaghetti diagrams", a tool that provides a clear view of the physical flow of parts or individuals) allows, in the world of logistics, to follow and understand the itineraries of, for example, forklift trucks. "Usually, an employee follows the trolleys for one or more days, notes the movements made to achieve this spaghetti diagram, which serves to optimise these routes, or even to change the layout of the workshop. Now, we place a GPS chip on a cart, we collect information via a digital platform and then we analyse the data", says Ygal Levy. Assystem works with a technology provider that provides the sensors and platform, and customises the diagram for its customer.

Three examples of digitalization that illustrate the will of Assystem to engage in the factory of the future concept by providing its customers rapidity and efficiency.

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