Bombardier Aerospace Manages Fasteners with VISTAGY’s SyncroFIT Software
SyncroFIT enables engineers to understand the impact of changes throughout the airframe development process
September 7, 2010
By DE Editors
Bombardier Aerospace has purchased VISTAGY’s SyncroFIT software to compress the time and improve the accuracy of assembly development for its commercial aircraft programs, beginning with the wing of the CSeries jetliner. Bombardier will use SyncroFIT to define and manage joints and interfaces between parts within complex assemblies, automate calculations (such as fastener grip lengths), validate design rules and produce bills of materials (BOMs).
Managing the engineering definition of airframe assemblies involves interrelated data for hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of fasteners. Traditionally, this process has been handled manually, making it costly and difficult, especially when design changes are required.
In an initial test of SyncroFIT, VISTAGY says Bombardier engineers were able to cut the time to define holes and fasteners on a complex composite wing subassembly by approximately 75% compared to the manual process previously used. The assembly consisted of 26 parts, 1,300 fasteners and four fastener base families with 336 different diameter and length combinations, as well as a variety of washers and collars. SyncroFIT is now being used in the detail design phase of the CSeries aircraft wing, in which Bombardier expects to see similar results.
The purchase of SyncroFIT follows closely on Bombardier’s decision to standardize on VISTAGY’s FiberSIM composites engineering software for all its aircraft programs.
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Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.