Goodrich Aerostructures is the world's leading independent full service supplier of nacelles, thrust reversers and pylons. The company partners with Airbus and Boeing, global leaders in airframe development and manufacturing, and with premiere engine manufacturers such as GE, Pratt & Whitney and Rolls- Royce, and provides direct support to more than 450 airlines.
Goodrich Aerostructures won contracts to supply the nacelles (aerodynamic structures surrounding the engines) for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the Airbus A350 XWB. Each program requires the design and manufacture of nacelles in 30 percent less time than previous programs. The contracts also stipulated that all products be optimized for weight, aerodynamics, fuel efficiency and maintainability from the first part delivered, an unprecedented requirement.
Dassault Systèmes Response
CATIA V5's digital mock up (DMU) capabilities facilitate Goodrich Aerostructure's collaboration and coordination across diverse CAD/CAM systems and global locations, improving product quality and performance in the virtual phases of development and improving part fit. With ENOVIA VPLM, multiple teams working concurrently on thousands of parts, keeping work-in-process data in synch and accessible is critical. ENOVIA VPLM also enables advanced relational design by managing the dynamic knowledge and associations that drive engineering innovation. VPM Navigator provides immersive search and navigation of the ENOVIA database from within CATIA, enabling easy manipulation and sourcing of product structures and related engineering knowledge.
30% reduction in design cycle time (program cycle times to design nacelles have been reduced by nearly a third); 20% drop in tooling costs (changes happen faster and suppliers are better informed for better collaboration); 100% part fit improvement (Goodrich Aerostructures is approaching 0% errors for first article build and simulation; nearly100% of parts fit right the first time); 75% less time to propagate design changes (two Airbus nacelles were redesigned in three weeks with just five people, compared to the three months required previously).