Vistagy, Inc. announced the release of SyncroFIT 2010, which improves the efficiency and accuracy of airframe assembly development by enabling commercial 3D CAD users to fully define and manage fasteners, joints, and interfaces between parts within complex assemblies. The latest version of SyncroFIT includes new customer-driven enhancements in four primary areas: Airframe Assembly Management; CAD Integration; Design Validation, and User Experience. The new capabilities shorten and simplify the assembly design effort from the earliest stages of the joint definition phase through detailed design by as much as 70 percent compared to manual methods. Recent purchases of the software by Bombardier Aerospace and GKN Aerospace are evidence of the software’s ability to streamline the airframe development process.
Defining holes and fasteners for today’s complex airframes is no small task, but it is crucial to keeping an aircraft program on schedule. Taking an integrated approach to airframe design and assembly is critical to making well-informed design decisions so the hundreds of thousands of fasteners in a single aircraft—and their location, type, fastening requirements, material and cost—can be effectively managed and communicated throughout the supply chain. SyncroFIT is reported to be the only production-proven, CAD-integrated, commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) solution for managing the complexities of airframe interfaces with a particular emphasis on fastened structures. SyncroFIT has capabilities to efficiently author, validate, and communicate both the type design definition and the manufacturing assembly states of the airframe.
As a key component of the VISTAGY AeroSuite, which also includes FiberSIM for designing and manufacturing innovative, durable and lightweight composite structures, the Quality Planning Enviornment for developing plans to assess aerostructure quality, and Vistagy professional services, is helping airframe manufacturers meet demanding schedule and cost targets while improving the overall quality of the final product. By transforming the 3D CAD system into an efficient airframe development system, SyncroFIT enables engineers to make better-informed decisions throughout the development process and quickly adapt to the inevitable changes that occur.
The 2010 version of SyncroFIT delivers new functionality for increasing productivity, eliminating error-induced engineering change orders and improving communication between internal departments and throughout the supply chain, including:
Earlier and Broader Management of Airframe Assemblies
SyncroFIT 2010 promotes earlier and more accurate assembly definition with new Fastener Pattern Development capability, which quickly transfers analysis requirements for joint fastening to the 3D CAD design based on the user’s input requirements and design rules. Enabling rapid design trade-offs to optimize designs for fastener usage provides instantaneous and accurate bill of materials (BOM) reporting, which is critical to procurement having visibility into the modifications that naturally take place as the design evolves. In addition, the new software extends the capability and benefits of managing interfaces, fastening requirements, and specialized hardware beyond structures into the aircraft systems and interiors groups to develop standardized processes across disciplines. And it supports design for serviceability initiatives to reduce maintenance costs by standardizing fasteners on removable service panels to simplify repair and replacement procedures.
Deeper Integration Into the 3D Computer-Aided-Design Process
SyncroFIT 2010 reduces bottlenecks between internal departments and the supply chain with a standardized master model approach and common interface, which enforces consistent authoring and streamlines subsequent editing and navigation of the data. SyncroFIT 2010 establishes an industry-standard 3D Model Based Representation of detail part and assembly data to help meet the demands of the aerospace industry’s transition from a 2D drawing-based process to a 3D model-centric environment.
Improved Process for Validating Designs
The new software enhances the design validation process to expedite review by design leads and checkers for design work completed in-house, by outside suppliers, or by design partners. This reduces design review time for assembly-specific rules by as much as 95 percent while also cutting engineering change orders (ECOs) and manufacturing rework.
Better User Experience
SyncroFIT 2010 provides an improved user experience that features a completely overhauled user interface tailored to specific use cases, which puts key functionality at the engineers’ fingertips to simplify usage. The software is also now available with an internationalized user interface to meet the demands of the increasingly global aerospace market.
For more information about the value that SyncroFIT 2010 brings to engineering organizations, please register to attend a live Webcast entitled, Avoid Program Delays: Streamline Airframe Fastening and Assembly with SyncroFIT® 2010, which will take place on Thursday, October 7th at 9:00 EDT / 13:00 GMT/UTC and again at 14:00 EDT/ 11:00 PDT. SyncroFIT 2010 is currently shipping.
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