Moog Inc., Microsoft, Air New Zealand and ST Engineering Announce Ground-Breaking Digital Collaboration
East Aurora, NY, Moog Inc. (NYSE: MOG.A and MOG.B) today announced a world first experiment conducted in conjunction with Microsoft, Air New Zealand, and ST Engineering which has the potential to transform aerospace supply chains by leveraging 3D printing and Moog’s blockchain enabled VeriPart™ process to create a point of use, time of need digital supply chain™.
The proof of concept has seen Air New Zealand order a digital aircraft part file from Singapore-based ST Engineering. The digital file was immediately sent to an approved printer, operated by Moog in Los Angeles, downloaded and 3D printed before being installed on an Air New Zealand Boeing 777-300 aircraft within hours of its scheduled departure. The entire transaction, from purchase to installation, was logged in Moog’s VeriPart digital supply chain system, which is powered by Microsoft Azure Cloud technology.
The file was for a bumper part, which sits behind the airline’s Business Premier monitors and prevents the screen from damaging the seat when it’s pushed in.
VeriPart is used for assuring data, process, and performance integrity of 3D printed parts for aerospace applications. The VeriPart blockchain platform allows an engineering partner to release its intellectual property in a controlled way. The airline is then only able to 3D print the number of parts it requires on demand. The newly printed part is securely authenticated and traceable via VeriPart, providing the added value of configuration control for the life of the aircraft.
This four-company experiment has made it possible to prove the concept as technically viable and prove its potential value to the aircraft maintenance industry. The end result of the collaboration opens the door to a future of distributed networks starting with a digital design file and ending with a physical part. This will decrease lead times and result in less down time for airlines.
To view a video about this ground-breaking digital experiment, visit: www.veripart.com.
Moog Inc. is a worldwide designer, manufacturer, and integrator of precision control components and systems. Moog’s high-performance systems control military and commercial aircraft, satellites and space vehicles, launch vehicles, missiles, automated industrial machinery, marine and medical equipment. Additional information about the Company can be found at www.moog.com and www.moog.com/aircraft.
About ST Engineering
ST Engineering is a global technology, defense and engineering group specializing in the aerospace, electronics, land systems and marine sectors. Its Aerospace sector provides integrated aerospace services and solutions through a global network of facilities and affiliates in the Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe, supporting a broad customer base that comprises leading airlines, airfreight operators and armed forces. Its wide spectrum of maintenance and engineering solutions include airframe, engine and component maintenance, repair and overhaul; engineering design and technical services; as well as aviation materials and asset management services. Please visit www.stengg.com/en/aerospace for more information.
About Air New Zealand
Air New Zealand is proud to be New Zealand’s national airline delivering more than 17 million customer journeys to, from and all around New Zealand every year. The airline continues to operate one of the world’s youngest fleets, connecting New Zealanders to 20 domestic and more than 30 international destinations throughout Asia, Europe, Australia, North and South America, and the Pacific Islands. Air New Zealand’s fleet of more than 100 aircraft range in size from the 50 seat Bombardier Q300 to the Boeing 777-300ER.