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AI-Based Optimization Software Automates and Digitizes Aerostructure Manufacturing To Provide Digital Thread

Middle River Aerostructure Systems (MRAS), a world-leading Aerospace Manufacturer for engine nacelles and aerostructures that was acquired by ST Engineering, has deployed Plataine’s AI-based optimization solution to automate and streamline production processes in its Baltimore, MD manufacturing facility. The solution enhances MRAS agility and improves quality while reducing material waste.

As part of its strategy to develop an integrated digital and automated manufacturing environment, MRAS chose Plataine as its software partner. The project was completed in two phases with best-practice optimization in mind. First, the material management, nesting and cutting was digitally integrated, and this was followed by automation of the composite time sensitive material (TSM) management.

The Plataine solution enables MRAS to automatically track the location of raw materials as well as remaining shelf-life and expiration of all materials across their freezers, storage locations and production areas. The software also assigns material to work orders and dynamically creates optimal cut plans. The result is complete automation of the cutting process and improved material utilization.

MRAS now benefits from improved on-time delivery and maximized production efficiency. Stakeholders can track the Digital Thread from end-to-end to ensure complete digital visibility of the process. As a result of the deployment, MRAS has already seen significant improvement in material yield.

“Plataine was the right strategic partner to support us with our digital transformation goals. Plataine’s solution maximizes process automation while minimizing manual effort and errors. Plataine provides our staff with recommendations and alerts in real-time improving overall efficiency” stated Frank Dougherty, SVP & GM at MRAS.

“I am proud that MRAS selected Plataine to support its digital transformation process. We worked closely with MRAS IT and Operations team to complete the implementation and meet their business goals“ adds Avner Ben Bassat, President and CEO of Plataine.

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