Among the first sectors to embrace PLM projects, in effects the one where techniques and systems were born and grew. Today no OEM manufacturer in the aerospace sector nor any 1st tier supplier can afford not to have a PLM solution, often even more than just one as it can be necessary to conform to decisions taken at consortia level or as a result of a supplier/customer relationship.
Challenges for these companies are in product complexity, in the size of programs and the number of players involved. This forces the IT department to be updated with the latest technologies or they might be excluded from international programs. Further there is often the need to trace product configuration at finished product level, to control configuration changes and to support software as part of the product itself.
K2innovation partners have led, about 20 years back, some of the early PLM projects with prominent A&D companies, dealing with pioneering functions for the time, such as Configuration Control, Effectivity Management, Logistic Support level traceability, etc.