Cloud-based digital solutions for aircraft electrical system design

By Sarah Bartash

The transformative power of cloud-based digital solutions is revolutionizing the way electrical systems are designed and developed in the aerospace and defense industries. Cloud computing can streamline workflows, enhance collaboration, and accelerate the pace of electrical systems innovation. They can also save time and maximize profitability with collaboration and scalability benefits. Read on to find out how Siemens is at the forefront of shaping the future of aerospace and defense through advanced, cloud-based electrical systems development.

To begin with, consider some of the issues faced by teams that may be thinking of moving to the cloud.

  • Disparate computing resources: computing power, storage, and networking resources, as well as physical infrastructure requirements, can be scattered and unsynchronized for optimal use
  • Poor scalability: large datasets, complex algorithms, and extensive computational requirements can overwhelm traditional development processes
  • Disconnected communication: large, geographically spread out teams struggle to collaborate effectively on changes to the design, resulting in delays and errors

Find out how digital solutions, like those in the Siemens Capital™ portfolio, can create more agile and resilient electrical system design cycles. Learn how Capital, which is part of the broader Siemens Xcelerator portfolio, will accomplish these goals by creating a central, virtual environment hosted in the cloud.

How can cloud-based digital solutions benefit E/E systems engineers?

The aforementioned challenges must be addressed to allow companies to compete and survive in today’s market. The current and future complexity demands of aerospace E/E systems development can only be achieved through adapting and evolving to a model that provides solutions to those challenges. The advantages of cloud-based digital solutions cannot be overlooked.

  1. Provisioning to ensure rapid resource availability: One of the primary benefits of cloud computing is the ability to quickly and automatically allocate computing resources to handle increased traffic and workloads, and meet the demands of applications or services hosted in the cloud. This flexibility enables efficient resource management and cost optimization.
  1. Flexibility to scale and address design complexities: Cloud computing offers scalable storage solutions, such as object storage or databases that can accommodate large volumes of data. Software engineers can leverage cloud-based data processing services like big data analytics or machine learning to extract insights and build intelligent applications, without worrying about infrastructure constraints.
  1. Optimize collaboration and foster better communication: Due to the multi-disciplinary nature of E/E design, collaboration is essential. Cloud computing enables geographically distributed teams to collaborate more effectively, providing a common environment for engineers to work together, share documents, exchange ideas and communicate seamlessly through cloud-based collaboration tools. These tools eliminate barriers posed by physical location and time zones, allowing for faster and more efficient development cycles.

The Siemens Capital portfolio is the optimal solution for accurate, timely and cost-effective aircraft electrical system design. The solution promotes right-first-time design with its active design-rule checks throughout the process. This ensures that mistakes will be caught early, eliminating costly and time-consuming rework down the line. These rules, roles and requirements will be communicated effectively and efficiently through the digital thread. With the rules established, teams can utilize the digital twin to conduct in-depth analysis of the electrical system model to ensure compliance and predict results of future testing more effectively. The design variation and testing possibilities are innumerable with Capital.

Download this ebook to learn how a digital solution can modernize your company’s electrical system design to meet the industry demands and compliance requirements of aerospace today.

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