Case Study

Comprehensive Supply Chain Solutions for a Fortune 100 Aerospace Systems Manufacturer 

The Challenge

A global leader in Aerospace systems manufacturing lacked the data to aggregate internal and external demand for materials. They faced rising material costs, poor on-time delivery rates for long lead-time parts and materials and difficulty negotiating optimal service levels with their suppliers. They also had little visibility into their sources of supply. They needed better supply chain data.

The Solution

The Aerospace customer contracted Supply Dynamics to map the material requirements of their global supply network. They wanted to establish end-to-end, multi-tier supply chain visibility encompassing all assemblies, parts, and raw materials.

We employed our software and engineering process, Part Attribute Characterization (PAC), to get their data house in order. We ascertained discreet & aggregate material requirements and mapped the Bills of Material for 10,000 part numbers. We leveraged this data with our supply chain visibility and analytics platform, SDX. SDX reported and analyzed key factors to gain full traceability and connectivity of their parts: from the purchase P/N on the schedule, to the machined P/N, all the way back to the purchased raw material. We extended this visibility into 5 material categories: machined parts, sheet metal, fabrications, castings and forgings. This data was kept up-to-date and accurate in a single SaaS system of record for Bills of Material, providing full visibility into all the materials going into their procured parts.

The Impact

PAC and SDX delivered real-time visibility and control over materials going into the Aerospace customer’s parts and sources of supply. They now had an accurate picture of the material requirements of their supply network, enabling them to better forecast demand and influence negotiations with distribution and mill sources. Business units, alliance partners, and external stakeholders could now better collaborate, driving efficiencies by leveraging common raw material and off-the-shelf component demand from multiple sites and sub-tier suppliers. With data up to date and accurate, the customer could negotiate better service levels from suppliers, mills and distributors. Mills and Distributors could, in turn, better anticipate demand and ensure the right materials were in stock, reducing raw material lead-times and speculation. Better visibility also provided enhanced insulation from volatile raw material costs. Finally, SDX enabled the customer to leverage their real-time data to proactively manage supply chain risk and ensure on-time delivery.

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