E³.series - addressing the design challenges of the aerospace industry
Times are changing in the aerospace industry. Where money was once a lesser concern, you are now likely to hear words such as smaller, lighter, faster and cheaper, previously found in other sectors. In an industry famed for its no-expense-spared product design, there is now a swing towards COTS (commercial off the shelf) part and equipment sourcing. This has been driven by the global squeezing of budgets, and the improvement and availability of quality, off-the-shelf equipment.
This change has affected the commercial direction of aerospace companies. While it is true that many of contracts awarded remain in the military space, most aerospace companies are equally involved in the commercial market. This requires changes in process and design as they compete with established companies who have honed their processes and techniques over years.
The industry is also seeing the introduction of new standards, such as the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) compliance – an EU directive slowly transforming into a global standard which prohibits the use of heavy metals, such as cadmium used in 38999 connectors.
Increasing fuel costs also affect the sector, and customers are thinking about fuel economy and weight reduction.
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Electrical projects worked on by aero companies are often huge, with certain areas of the design needing to be isolated from other members of the team being just some of the prominent design challenges faced within this industry.
Zuken’s experience in the aerospace industry has driven the development of many of the features found in E3.series today. We have worked with our customers to offer and service some of the exacting requirements of this industry.