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Step & Repeat: Reduce Derivative Aircraft Development Risk with Design Reuse

Mentor-Muhammad Askar
Published 2019-09-16 by SAE International in United States
The complex and risky process of designing derivative aircraft, especially when it comes to electrical systems, can be a daunting task at best. There are a number of design strategies that can be employed to mitigate risk and increase the overall efficiency. Quite simply, the current methods of manual processes, design and integration approaches that were optimized from mechanical approaches, are no match for today’s complexities.One method gaining significant traction is to employ a central database serving global interface definitions for the entire design process. Automation through generative design minimizes manual intervention and repetitive work. Furthermore, detecting changes through design rule checks allows system engineers to verify their designs, capturing both inadvertent and planned changes. The ability to instantly update the design content from the new definition streamlines the change management process.Employing these technologies in a digital, connected thread, ensures that intelligent information is leveraged at every step along the way from aircraft conception, realization, and finally to utilization - thereby minimizing risk and maximizing efficiency.
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Electronic Does Not Equal Smart: Service Documentation and Brand Quality

Mentor Graphics Corp.-Muhammad Askar
Published 2017-03-28 by SAE International in United States
A vehicle's electrical system is one of the top sources of problems requiring service. For years now electronic means of service documentation have been replacing static documents as a way of speeding vehicle troubleshooting. The next step on this path of evolution is to turn this e-documentation into smart maintenance systems, capable of offering technicians true data insights and highly-efficient diagnostic procedures. This paper briefly summarizes the technologies underpinning the evolution in electrical system diagnosis and repair; which include schematic layout automation using prototypes and rule-based styling, instant language translation, 2D/3D view links with schematics, interactive diagnostic procedures, and dynamically-generated signal-tracing diagrams. These technologies empower after sales service teams with state-of-the-art capabilities; which not only reduce costs but also improve the quality of the brand in the eyes of its customers.
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