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Introduction: How Digital Technology Can Aid in Aviation's Supply Chain Crisis

Aviation Digital Supply Chain Insights: 6 Part Series




Like many industries today, the aviation industry finds itself grounded by a seemingly insurmountable challenge: supply chain disruption. The global pandemic exposed the frailty of aviation's intricate supply chain network, leaving airlines and manufacturers grappling with delays, shortages, and soaring costs. This crisis has served as an organic disruption to the aviation industry’s supply chain behaviors, acting as a catalyst for the emergence of digital technology.


The Current State of Aviation's Supply Chain


Aviation's supply chain, often overlooked in its complexity, involves an intricate web of suppliers, manufacturers, logistics providers, and maintenance teams spread across the globe. This sprawling network is susceptible to a multitude of disruptions, ranging from natural disasters and geopolitical tensions to raw material availability.

Today, across the aviation industry, numerous aircraft remain grounded, due to the persistent shortage of critical parts. Airlines, manufacturers, and passengers alike are suffering from the scarcity of vital components. Whether a loss of consumer trust or bottom-line fiscal impact these shortages are underscoring the urgent need for innovative solutions to address supply chain vulnerabilities.


Digital Solutions


The aviation industry's struggles add pressure for the adoption of digital technology to transform the supply chain landscape. Through this series of articles, we will explore five applications of digital technology to mitigate supply chain disruption.

1. Predictive Analytics: Harnessing the power of data, advanced analytics and in some advanced cases machine learning, to improve response to supply chain disruptions.

2. Supply Chain Visibility: Real-time tracking of components and products using IoT (Internet of Things) technology for better visibility throughout the supply chain.

3. 3D Printing: Additive manufacturing, commonly known as 3D printing to improve manufacturing processes.

4. Blockchain: Blockchain technology to enhance supply chain transparency, security, and traceability.

5. Robotics and Automation: Automation for optimization of warehouses and operations.



Next to Come Part 2 on Predictive Analytics


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