The First Excelerate Sessions Announced

Today we’re announcing the first of many sessions during our 2017 user conference, Excelerate. The sessions announced today outline four, “Game Changer,” ideas to help attendees transform their business to new levels of productivity with improved business strategies.

So without further ado, here are our first round of sessions you’ll find at Excelerate:

1. There is no Digital Thread without Product Lifecycle Execution

Game Changer: Integrated Engineering and Execution


The digital thread allows a connected data flow and integrated view of the asset’s data throughout its lifecycle across traditionally siloed functional perspectives. With Solumina, organizations are closing the digital thread gaps between engineering, production, supply chain and sustainment services by tackling the cross-reference of as-designed requirements, validation and inspection records, as-built data, as-flown data, and as-maintained data.

In a desired to-be scenario with a digital thread starts with the product 3D model linked to visuals for production process instructions. Product characteristics would be linked directly from the 3D models into conformance and inspection requirements. The as-built data delivered along with product unit to the customer would be linked to the respective requirements and would be available for sustainment services to continue evolving the unit’s data during operation and maintenance services. Product design changes would follow the same data flow and automatically update downstream models, references and instructions.

2. Not Just About Making Something Anymore –

Game Changer: Integrated Product Services


Increase of competition and consolidation in the MRO market are creating incentives to modernize practices. Due to IP rights and long-lasting service contracts which are sold to the customers together with the aircraft and engines right from the beginning, OEMs will try to dominate the aftersales market for the new aircraft generations.

MRO providers have to invest significantly into their workforce, processes, structures, IT, spare parts and toolings to be prepared for the new aircraft generations. Digitalization, big data management and automatization will be some of them in the MRO industry in the next years. Solumina helps in standardizing and enforcing best practices to ensure consistency and avoid repeating mistakes. Only innovative and flexible MRO providers will be able to follow them and to stay successfully in the market.

Whether Performance Based Logistics (PBL) or other fixed service model, MRO providers will need to leverage data to forecast and predict future maintenance for each unit. The goal is to increase uptime for each unit in service.  The more usage data you have, the better you can organize operations around predicted usage patterns.

3. Are they Suppliers or Partners in the New Value Chain?

Game Changer: Working Closer with the Entire Value Chain to bring new value and quality levels to the end product user


Over the last ten years, companies have been moving more manufacturing of subassemblies and critical components into the supply chain. The increasing dependency on key suppliers to deliver quality products consistently to the market is driving leading manufacturers to evolve their practices and closely manage quality in partnership with their key suppliers. It is not enough just to trust suppliers to deliver quality products and manage them with simple reward and penalty methods.

This presentation describes a roadmap to improve visibility, collaboration and orchestration of activities with suppliers, moving from reactive to proactive quality management, inside and outside the four walls of an organization. Solumina can help organizations achieve these goals without imposing unreasonable cost burdens on the enterprise and suppliers.

The value chain quality management roadmap from “tactically driven” to “integration driven” includes looking beyond a global supplier rating, moving more inspection to the source—the supplier’s site—and collaboration via 2-way formal communications with suppliers which are fast to resolve issues and close the loop with corrective actions to assure continuous improvement.

4. Do We Need the QA Manual Anymore?

Game Changer: Automatic Compliance Validation


ISO 9001:2015 does not require a Quality Manual anymore.  Perhaps it is time to eliminate it!  

In this session we discuss how Solumina software enforces quality discipline throughout and essentially makes the old QA manual obsolete. Whether we are collecting data directly from CMM machines, enforcing sequence and controls in-process, or enforcing workflow driven processes to handle deviation approvals, the processes configured in the software embody the organization’s quality management practices. Auditors love the fact that they can verify performance through built-in metrics and verify compliance through online historical data. Manufacturers are passing audits in less time and with less findings than they ever did with a QA manual centric approach.


Stay tuned for more announcements regarding more sessions and keynote speakers in the next few weeks. And while you wait make sure to register for our early bird rate so you can save $200 off your conference pass!



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