Alkan Improves Aeronautical-Equipment Product Collaboration, Design Processes, and Government Compliance
 
 

Alkan Improves Aeronautical-Equipment Product Collaboration, Design Processes, and Government Compliance

Alkan S.A. is a leading aeronautical equipment manufacturer in France, specializing in carriage-release and ejection systems for various types of military aircraft, ranging from training and transport aircraft to helicopters and combat aircraft. The company designs, manufactures, and sells aeronautical equipment—such as pylons, ejection release units, twin-store and multirole carriers, attachment devices, releasing units, wing-suspension masts, store-management systems, and ground equipment, including winches, trolleys, and test benches. Alkan also provides technical and logistical support, onsite and remote training, and periodical overhaul and repair services. The company’s equipment is used in more than 65 countries and is certified for more than 60 types of aircraft, worldwide.

 
 

 
 

Challenges

A word from Alkan S.A.

  • “Oracle’s Agile Product Lifecycle Management is a unique solution combining flexibility and simplicity of use. Upgrading to Agile Product Collaboration 9.3 enables us to meet the increasingly stringent demands of our aeronautical clients, including complete traceability, certifiability, compliance, and enhanced collaboration throughout the product lifecycle. For us, there is no alternative to Agile Product Collaboration 9.3; we simply would not be able to compete in this business without it.” – Max Janvier, CIO, Alkan S.A.

  • Maintain compliance with increasingly strict aeronautical industry and government safety and reliability requirements
  • Ensure consistency of technical documentation throughout the supply chain with the ability to track historical configuration changes for the company’s aviation carriage-release and ejection systems
  • Design and implement manufacturing processes that improve plant performance by establishing transparent custodianship for technical data, better communication flow between design and manufacturing teams, and accurate preparation of technical documentation for all products across their design cycles—including the processing of engineering-change proposals
  • Enable 3-D viewing of engineering designs in multiple formats throughout the product lifecycle, so that all teams can easily participate and contribute to product data early in the development cycle\

Solutions

  • Optimized collaboration by upgrading to Oracle’s Agile Product Collaboration 9.3, allowing engineers to ensure that release and ejection equipment is always designed and built on time, within budget, and to the specifications of military aircraft manufacturers
  • Improved ability to meet French military and civil aviation regulations and standards, such as FRA21Z—mandatory for aircraft equipment manufacturers—thanks to complete traceability of product design specifications, including history of engineering-change orders, which helps to ensure that manufactured products conform exactly to certified design specifications
  • Enabled a high level of governance and full traceability across the entire product lifecycle for more than 60,000 products—including definitions, design modifications, and approvals of component parts—reducing audit time and facilitating quality certifications
  • Ensured real-time collaboration between multiple engineers throughout the design and manufacture of finished products by deploying more than 40 Agile Product Collaboration 9.3 licenses for use by quality engineers, process and design engineers, technical and project managers, and enterprise resource planners
  • Minimized production delays because data migration to the upgraded system took just two days
  • Enabled users to easily adapt to the upgraded version—despite a seven-year advance in technology over the previous version
  • Simplified analysis of complex product designs, thanks to the ability to instantly compare bills of material across multiple design levels—a significant improvement over the previous release where only single-level comparisons were possible
  • Deployed Oracle’s AutoVue Electro-Mechanical Professional for Agile to enable multiformat 3-D viewing of engineering designs—previously only available in 2-D—leading to deeper analysis of component and product functionality, assisted by detailed graphs presented via intuitive dashboards
  • Improved compliance and collaboration with customers by allowing customers to take away an Agile viewer via product data exchange after critical design review meetings—containing the precise engineering specifications agreed upon—eliminating the need to print a high volume of sensitive, paper documents, greatly enhancing security

Why Oracle

“Agile is very well suited to the multifaceted nature of our products and operations. It is incredibly flexible and extremely rich in functionality. As important, it does not require IT development effort. Therefore, any professional user can quickly define its configuration, saving significant time and IT team resources,” said Max Janvier, CIO, Alkan S.A. “Since acquiring Agile, Oracle has thoroughly recognized how best to evolve this unique product, while maintaining the same philosophy—simplicity of use and administration.”

Implementation Process

Alkan ensured a smooth transition to Agile Product Collaboration 9.3 by following Oracle Consulting’s recommendations on data migration, implementation processes, and tools. It also received support by telephone from Oracle’s local after-sales team to fully exploit the functionalities of the latest version, such as enhanced roles and privileges for increased security.