Aerospace & Defense PLM Action Group Publishes Paper on Standards for PLM Interoperability

This position paper presents the primary business requirements of the A&D industry for PLM interoperability standards.
By: CIMdata
Aerospace & Defense PLM Action Group
Aerospace & Defense PLM Action Group
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Feb. 22, 2022 - PRLog -- Representatives of the Aerospace & Defense PLM Action Group (AD PAG) have published a position paper, Interoperability Standards for Aerospace & Defense, that considers the value proposition of standards enablement of Model-Based Enterprise interoperability.

Ineffective implementation of interoperability standards and the selective capabilities embraced by PLM solution providers impacts collaboration within a large, global, distributed supply chain of design and development partners. These two factors prevent the digital continuity needed to set up a Model-Based Enterprise (MBE).

The future development of civil aircraft, aerospace products, and associated systems will rely on model-based paradigms. Additionally, an MBE will require long-term archiving and retrieval of the associated model-based design, more specialized and complex data structures, and management of metadata.

The paper frames the problem, articulates objectives, requirements, and a desired future state. The paper recommends a set of interoperability standards for key MBE focus areas, including Model-Based Definition, Multi-View Bill of Materials, Global Collaboration, and Model-Based Systems Engineering. It concludes with a plan for accelerating adoption.

Commenting on this project, Kenny Swope, Senior Manager, Enterprise Interoperability Standards at Boeing and co-project leader of the ADPAG Standards Workgroup, states, "Boeing considers internationally recognized, consensus-based standards for the exchange of information between stakeholders in a value chain to be the best mechanism for ensuring a robust supply chain that is flexible, scalable, and enduring. By declaring support to a specific set of interoperability standards for the exchange of data, solution providers and supply chain stakeholders will have consistency in the requirements from OEMs like Boeing. Boeing will benefit from a coherent value stream for the product and its data."

Co-project leader Jean-Yves Delaunay, Product and Process Information Interoperability Engineering Methods and Tools Architect at Airbus, comments, "Open interoperability standards bring business value for Airbus by enabling the digital thread across business functions, across the extended enterprise, and across the product life cycle."

He continues, "Operational use of interoperability capabilities based on standards contributes to better optimization of the total cost of ownership, increased obsolescence resilience, and the sustainability for long term of Airbus digital assets. The present position paper, gathering requirements of major OEMs of the A&D industry, recommends a  set of interoperability standards. Their implementation by PLM solution providers will deliver benefits for Airbus and the A&D industry."

Since its founding in 2014, the AD PAG, administered by CIMdata, has sponsored research projects on a diverse set of industry and technology topics. These topics include Model-Based Definition, Multiple-View Bill of Materials, PLM Technology Obsolescence Management, Global Collaboration, Model-Based Systems Engineering, and Digital Twin/Digital Thread. The Group has released a series of direction statements and position papers that are freely available for downloading from its website at Making these materials available is consistent with the Group's mission to engage proactively within the PLM ecosystem and advocate for common direction and positions within the aerospace and defense industry on PLM-related topics of importance to the members.

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