Gunther Barajas, Vice President Mexico of Dassault Systèmes, spoke to Mexico Aviation & Aerospace Review on the many benefits Industry 4.0 can bring to the aerospace sector.
Q: What new educational initiatives is Dassault Systèmes implementing?
A: We are now developing an interesting project with one of Mexico’s largest public universities. For this project, FEMIA analyzed the profile of an aerospace student and compared that to what companies need from a graduate in this sector. We helped the university to align their programs to the industry’s needs, which can facilitate the integration of these professionals into the workforce. An aerospace graduate must be well-acquainted with additive manufacturing, compound management, advanced 3D design tools and knowledge of advanced simulation techniques, including topology, straining and fluids. We provide this university with our 3DEXPERIENCE platform for students to practice on, incorporating complete aerospace solutions.
In Mexico, Dassault Systèmes is developing strong human capital. This is an ideal time for foreign companies to come to Mexico, as the country has developed the expertise, talent and infrastructure necessary to be an attractive investment destination for the industry. We now have 18 PLM Competency Centers (CC-PLM), which are training centers developed at technical universities. The education level at these centers is so high that they even impressed our US offices, leading to students from California and Arizona receiving training in Tijuana. We expect to eventually have one in every state.
Q: How is Dassault Systèmes’ supporting the incorporation of Industry 4.0 practices in Mexico?
A: Fully incorporating Industry 4.0 practices into Mexican manufacturing is a complex process that requires much more than improving local infrastructure, but is extremely beneficial for the sector. Industry 4.0 permeates the entire design and manufacturing process. It permits the generation of comprehensive digital models that can be tested for weakness under pressure, corrosion and many other problems, to be perfected as necessary before spending on prototypes. Moreover, it allows the simulation of a part’s entire manufacturing process, to identify potential bottlenecks and complications for operators. All these processes can be done before making the physical model. If this entire process is used for a US$300 million plane, it can save at least that amount of money by removing the need to build prototypes for testing.
Through our platform, local companies can immediately contact their suppliers and clients to make modifications instantaneously. This generates a collaborative international environment with experts at all steps of the supply chain, facilitating efficient processes. Additive manufacturing involves much more than 3D printing. Its real value is applied by the designer and this is how Mexican SMEs can contribute to a global industry.