By Michael Rivera, PhD

The aerospace & defense industry has always relied on data. From communication and navigation systems to flight data recording and analysis, data is crucial to ensuring reliability, safety, and operational efficiency.

So, it’s no surprise that the industry is a frontrunner in embracing the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). 

If you’re in aerospace and defense, you may already know that reliability and safety are significant industry challenges. How, then, can IIoT make a difference in aerospace and defense operations, especially in these areas?

There are many ways, but today, we’ll discuss four.

1. Maintenance and Repair

Maintenance issues can pose a significant threat to the reliability and safety of aircraft and spacecraft. But, engineers may often rely on scheduled maintenance. 

However, you’ll agree this isn’t always effective in fixing potential issues. 

For example, the age and condition of the aircraft plus human error can impact the effectiveness of scheduled maintenance.

How about a system that can tell you exactly when maintenance is necessary and where repair is needed?

That’s what IIoT offers – predictive analytics and condition-based maintenance.

IIoT-enabled sensors can provide real-time data and insights into the performance of aircraft engines or other aerospace components. This can help engineers spot potential problems before they happen, which could be fatal.

2. Improve Personnel Safety

Aerospace and defense is a high-risk industry. The stakes are high, especially with increased exposure to hazardous materials, working at heights, and high-speed machinery.

There’s a need to protect the welfare of those working in these industries.

Although the industry is trying its best to ensure personnel safety, IIoT can significantly improve the protection level.

How?

Organizations can use sensors and personal-tracking systems to monitor the location and safety of employees in hazardous environments. 

Besides, IIoT can also monitor working conditions like temperature, humidity, noise levels, and air quality. If there are any dangerous changes, personnel can be removed from such environments immediately.

Isn’t that a safer option?

There’s more.

3. Improving Operational Efficiency

Although the crews put in their best effort, mistakes still happen. IIoT can be used to automate certain tasks like data collection and inspection, which reduces the risk of human error.

IIoT systems can also collect and analyze data from multiple sources. This will allow organizations to identify inefficiencies and take immediate steps to improve them. With the Industrial Internet of Things, aerospace and defense organizations can “see” between the lines. And with such a delicate industry, minute details might make all the difference.

4. Cost Reduction and Improved Product Quality

Combine better operations, real-time maintenance, personnel safety, and reduced human errors, and you’ll see that IIoT automatically reduces costs. 

Expenses that would have otherwise been used for maintenance, repair, or purchasing new products/hiring replacement staff will be saved and redirected into areas that improve product quality.

Conclusion

The efforts of the personnel working in the aerospace and defense industry cannot be underestimated. However, the introduction of IIoT can significantly improve their workflows, keep them safe, and improve the reliability of aircraft systems.

Thinaer can make a difference for your aerospace and defense organization. Our platform can seamlessly integrate with existing systems, helping you make more data-driven decisions and beat the competition. Contact us today for any questions.

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