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Latest Episode3/30/2022

Transforming Certification in the A&D Industry Through Digitalization

Welcome to Talking Aerospace Today – a podcast for the Aerospace & Defense industry. A place that brings the promise of tomorrow’s technology to the ears of our listeners today. Building aerospace products is quite a complex endeavor these days as innovative new technologies are introduced, and customer expectations demand ever-more functionality. This presents a big challenge to companies in the A&D industry as they seek to have their productscertified by various governing agencies.But there is some good news…Companies today are quickly learning that when they introduce digitalization into the product development process they are opening the process up to virtual testing throughout a product’s entire development lifecycle, making certification a whole lot easier, faster and far less expensive.In this episode of Talking Aerospace Today we’ll be talking about a digitalized certification process. Joining me is Tom Gill, Senior Consultant at CIMdata and an active member of the PLM A&D Action Group at CIMdata. Tom has over 30 years of experience in engineering design, development and program leadership within the aerospace industry. Also joining me is Dale Tutt, my partner, and Vice President of Aerospace & Defense at Siemens Digital Industries Software.I’m your host, Scott Salzwedel, and I hope you’ll join us for this highly informative talk on how to improve the certification process among the many obstacles and challenges facing the industry today.Some questions I ask:Could you explain the role that CIMdata plays in the A&D industry? (03:44)What can customers expect in terms of certification once they become a more digitalized enterprise? (21:39)How does Siemens approach virtual testing? (26:17)How does the verification management digital thread work? (29:03)What is the role of Xcelerator in A&D? (35:15)What you’ll learn from this episode:Why certification is more difficult for companies still using legacy processes and technology. (06:01)The alignment of Siemens digital threads. (07:55)The importance of visibility into the supply chain. (12:22)Why product certification in the A&D industry is suddenly more challenging. (13:51)The benefits of a verification management digital thread (37:48)Connect with Tom Gill:LinkedInCIMdataConnect with Dale:LinkedInConnect with Scott:LinkedInResources:Siemens Aerospace & Defense website
3/30/2022

Transforming Certification in the A&D Industry Through Digitalization

Welcome to Talking Aerospace Today – a podcast for the Aerospace & Defense industry. A place that brings the promise of tomorrow’s technology to the ears of our listeners today. Building aerospace products is quite a complex endeavor these days as innovative new technologies are introduced, and customer expectations demand ever-more functionality. This presents a big challenge to companies in the A&D industry as they seek to have their productscertified by various governing agencies.But there is some good news…Companies today are quickly learning that when they introduce digitalization into the product development process they are opening the process up to virtual testing throughout a product’s entire development lifecycle, making certification a whole lot easier, faster and far less expensive.In this episode of Talking Aerospace Today we’ll be talking about a digitalized certification process. Joining me is Tom Gill, Senior Consultant at CIMdata and an active member of the PLM A&D Action Group at CIMdata. Tom has over 30 years of experience in engineering design, development and program leadership within the aerospace industry. Also joining me is Dale Tutt, my partner, and Vice President of Aerospace & Defense at Siemens Digital Industries Software.I’m your host, Scott Salzwedel, and I hope you’ll join us for this highly informative talk on how to improve the certification process among the many obstacles and challenges facing the industry today.Some questions I ask:Could you explain the role that CIMdata plays in the A&D industry? (03:44)What can customers expect in terms of certification once they become a more digitalized enterprise? (21:39)How does Siemens approach virtual testing? (26:17)How does the verification management digital thread work? (29:03)What is the role of Xcelerator in A&D? (35:15)What you’ll learn from this episode:Why certification is more difficult for companies still using legacy processes and technology. (06:01)The alignment of Siemens digital threads. (07:55)The importance of visibility into the supply chain. (12:22)Why product certification in the A&D industry is suddenly more challenging. (13:51)The benefits of a verification management digital thread (37:48)Connect with Tom Gill:LinkedInCIMdataConnect with Dale:LinkedInConnect with Scott:LinkedInResources:Siemens Aerospace & Defense website
12/10/2021

"Zero-emissions” podcast series (Ep. 4): Production and Product Sustainment

Season 5, Ep. 4
Welcome to Talking Aerospace Today – a podcast for the Aerospace & Defense industry. A place that brings the promise of tomorrow’s technology to the ears of our listeners today.This is an exciting episode because we’re discussing the actual manufacturing of an eVTOL aircraft. This is the episode where the blade – or rotor – meets the sky. How do you build a great product and stay within cost and schedule? And how do you mass produce these things anyway? To build a high-quality, innovative UAM vehicle within cost requires total optimization of the product as well as the production process.In today’s episode, “The Zero Emissions Aircraft: Production and Product Sustainment” we’ll be discussing the importance of intelligent manufacturing and its many activities from conception and design, to manufacturing and even into product sustainment. I’m pleased once again to be joined by my partner Dale Tutt, who is vice president of aerospace and defense at Siemens Digital Industries Software. Dale brings a lot of experience and insight to this particular topic.I’m your host, Scott Salzwedel, and I welcome you to today’s show. In addition to intelligent manufacturing, we’ll also be touching on the importance of the production digital twin and the many digital threads involved in this critical stage of development.Some really breakthrough stuff here.In this episode, you will learn:How digital threads come together before the start of production. (03:01)The role of the digital twin in the production phase. (07:06)The difference between the product digital twin and the production digital twin. (10:20)How Siemens Xcelerator propels digital transformation. (12:57)How additive manufacturing can be used in eVTOL aircraft manufacturing (17:27)Connect with Dale Tutt:LinkedInConnect with Scott Salzwedel:LinkedInResources:Siemens Aerospace & Defense website
11/12/2021

"Zero-emissions” podcast series (Ep. 3): Product Design and Building for Certification

Season 5, Ep. 3
Welcome to Talking Aerospace Today – a podcast for the Aerospace & Defense industry. A place that brings the promise of tomorrow’s technology to the ears of our listeners today.How do you build a great product and stay within cost and schedule? This is a critical question facing OEMs of zero-emissions aircraft today. And how do you mass produce these things anyway? To build a high-quality air taxi or eVTOL within cost requires the complete optimization of the product – as well as the production process itself.Today, in our third episode, “The Zero-Emissions Aircraft: Product Design and Building for Certification” we’ll be talking about how to leverage the digital twin to create an optimal design that meets the desired quality and performance standards – and prepares teams for certification. Once again, I am joined by my partner Dale Tutt, vice president of aerospace and defense at Siemens Digital Industries Software.In our previous podcast, we talked about the variables and trade-offs associated in the early stages of conceptual design. Today, Dale discusses the move out of preliminary design and into the many disciplines and domains associated with product design. We’ll touch on how the digital twin can be leveraged throughout this stage – which includes verification and certification.I’m your host, Scott Salzwedel, and welcome you to today’s show. In addition to the digital twin, we’ll touch on the digital threads that assist teams during the product design process as we move along deeper product development.Some really great stuff. I hope you’ll be able to join.In this episode, you will learn:How MBSE digital thread contributes to product design. (07:38)The benefits of virtual commissioning. (08:18)The role of the digital twin in product optimization. (09:24)The processes that should be in place before starting certification. (13:58)Connect with Dale Tutt:LinkedInConnect with Scott Salzwedel:LinkedInResources:Siemens Aerospace & Defense website
10/15/2021

"Zero-emissions” podcast series (Ep. 2): Conceptual Thinking and Preliminary Design

Season 5, Ep. 2
Welcome to Talking Aerospace Today – a podcast for the Aerospace & Defense industry. A place that brings the promise of tomorrow’s technology to the ears of our listeners today.In commercial aviation, innovation has been motivated by the need to increase speed or carrying capacity. Of course lowering production costs is another huge motivator. And let’s not forget safety. The industry is about to undergo another revolution; this time motivated by the need for more sustainable flight and zero-emissions air travel.Today, in our second episode of a five-part series, we’re going back to the early planning stages of a zero-emissions aircraft, in an episode we’re calling “Zero-emissions Aircraft – Conceptual Thinking and Preliminary Design.” We’ll cover the digital threads involved in the early conceptual stages and how these digital threads mature as the process progresses. What are the design considerations? How about the trade-offs? You’ll learn the importance of the comprehensive digital twin – even in these early stages.I’m your host, Scott Salzwedel, and I will be joined once again by my special guest, Dale Tutt, Vice President of Aerospace and Defense at Siemens Digital Industries Software. Dale has great insight in the many phases of aircraft development, and he’ll share some of that expertise with us today.I invite you to take a listen and see how digitalization plays a role in the early stages of aircraft development and helps build cleaner, greener, state-of-the-art, zero-emissions aircraft.In this episode, you will learn:The variables to be considered in the development of a zero-emissions aircraft. (2:00)The trade-offs to consider while developing. (3:27)The role digital threads play in the early stages of development. (6:24)What the preliminary design phase involves. (9:36)The role of simulation during the development process. (14:15)The difference between the product digital twin and the production digital twin. (16:51)Connect with Dale Tutt:LinkedInConnect with Scott Salzwedel:LinkedInResources:Siemens Aerospace & Defense website
8/20/2021

Agile Product Development in the Aerospace and Defense Industries

Welcome to Talking Aerospace Today – a podcast for the Aerospace & Defense industry. A place that brings the promise of tomorrow’s technology to the ears of our listeners today.Wow, we are at the forefront of something truly revolutionary.There’s so much innovation going on. And there’s this vision that in the not-to-distant future we’ll all be flying around in urban air mobility vehicles. Seriously. Sure, there are some naysayers out there, but that’s not going to stop the visionaries, the dreamers.In order to pull this off, the industry needs to transform how it designs and manufactures aircraft. While new techniques and technologies are a must for the eVTOL manufacturers of the world, adopting new design and manufacturing technologies can also give the more established players – those with the more traditional aircraft a huge leg up as well.In this episode of Talking Aerospace Today we’ll be talking about agile product development. What is agile? And why is this such a big deal? Agile empowers companies to use the latest cutting-edge technologies. Companies become more nimble and more flexible in the engineering process. They can handle change orders easily and customize on the fly. All of this while meeting cost and schedule – taking on risk without compromise.I’m your host, Scott Salzwedel, and in this episode, I am joined by two A&D industry experts. Jim Roche, Executive Consultant, Director of A&D Practice at CIMdata, and the founder of PLM A&D Action Group. and Dale Tutt, my partner, and Vice President of Aerospace & Defense at Siemens Digital Industries Software.Please join me for this in-depth, one-of-kind discussion. Where else will you hear about the cascading “waterfall approach” and “sprints” in the same discussion?In this episode, you will learn:●What is the mission of the PLM A&D Action Group? (5:50)●Siemens’ involvement in model-based systems engineering (MBSE). (9:58)●The shortcomings of the traditional product development approach. (13:10)●The various aspects of agile product development. (16:11)●How does Siemens define agile product development? (17:43)●The challenges agile product development addresses. (22:35)●What is meant by a “sprint” in the context of agile product development. (24:28)●The characteristics of the legacy/waterfall approach. (29:37)●The characteristics of agile product development. (31:02)●The benefits of digital transformation. (38:24)●A real-world example of agile product development in action. (39:41)Connect with Jim Roche:LinkedInCIMdataConnect with Dale:LinkedInConnect with Scott:LinkedInResources:●Siemens Aerospace & Defense website
5/21/2021

"Zero-emissions” podcast series (Ep. 1): Cleaner, greener propulsion systems in the era of advanced air mobility

Season 5, Ep. 1
Welcome to Talking Aerospace Today – a podcast for the Aerospace & Defense industry. A place that brings the promise of tomorrow’s technology to the ears of our listeners today.There’s a lot of talk round air mobility these days. So much innovation. No question the electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicles will have a huge role. There are many reasons as to why eVTOLs will be so popular. One of the primary reasons: zero emissions. Right now, more than ever, new modes of air transportation need to be cleaner, greener and better for our environment. Today, in our first episode of a new series we’re calling “The Future of Air Mobility: Zero Emissions Aircraft,” we'll be talking about how the aerospace industry is planning for a cleaner, greener future. We’ll cover the various types of propulsion technology and how better blends of fuel are helping to lighten the carbon footprint. You’ll hear about current advancements and how the digital twin is helping companies keep up with the latest technologies. I am your host, Scott Salzwedel, and I will be joined by Dale Tutt, Vice President of Aerospace & Defense at Siemens Digital Industries Software. Dale has a lot to say on this topic – and we plan to cover a lot ground.So please take a listen as we discuss the promise and future of zero-emissions aircraft.In this episode, you will learn:How the airline industry is preparing for a greener future. (2:08)The role of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in reducing hydrocarbons. (3:52)Paths towards fuel efficiency and reduced emissions. (5:19)Why the wait to reach zero-emissions aircraft? (8:42)How energy density and power density relate to one another. (11:49)The controversy around hydrogen. (14:45)Why a comprehensive digital twin is critical in the design process. (21:33)Connect with Dale Tutt:LinkedInConnect with Scott Salzwedel:LinkedInResources:Siemens Aerospace & Defense website
3/8/2021

#5 eVTOL Electrical System Design and Compliance

Season 4, Ep. 5
Welcome to Talking Aerospace Today – a podcast for the Aerospace & Defense industry. A place that brings the promise of tomorrow’s technology to the ears of our listeners today. eVTOLs are not only electrically powered but they need an electrical system that’s lean, lightweight, and efficient. They also have to be 110 percent safe - no question about it. So, what are manufacturers doing to ensure they meet these requirements in an efficient manner?Today, in our fifth and final episode of our "Innovation” podcast series, we'll explore and explain the design and manufacture of an electrical system for today's eVTOL aircraft. We’ll also touch on the importance of power management and why electrical platform weight is so critical to eVTOL design. Of course, all this wouldn’t be possible without a model-based engineering approach so we’ll dive into model-based design and the advantages of this approach when it comes to creating an electrical system for an eVTOL aircraft.I am your host, Scott Salzwedel, and for the last time in this series, I am joined by Dale Tutt, Vice President of Aerospace & Defense at Siemens Digital Industries Software. We’ll also be joined by and Anthony Nicoli, the Aerospace & Defense Director of Integrated Electrical Systems at Siemens Digital Industries Software. Tony is the Siemens guru of all things electrical in an aircraft.Please join us as we uncover electrical design considerations for eVTOLs, and how the digital transformation from Siemens addresses these complexities and challenges.In this episode, you will learn:Dale’s experience with electrical systems. (03:00)What manufacturers focus on the most in the electrical system of an eVTOL (04:15)The challenges with electrical systems in today’s eVTOL designs. (05:03)How companies are addressing the power management and platform weight of electrical system design. (05:57)How model-based techniques and approaches help with getting certifications easier and faster. (08:35)The benefits of using a comprehensive digital twin. (10:09)How embracing the digital transformation allows teams to operate more efficiently. (12:32)Connect with Dale:LinkedInConnect with Tony:LinkedInConnect with Scott:LinkedInResources:Siemens Aerospace & Defense website