Airbus is further accelerating the rollout of digital shopfloor processes which are enabling operators to directly interact in real-time with its Manufacturing Execution System (MES).

With the system, more Airbus commercial aircraft shopfloor operators can now visualise the workflow in real-time on smart connected devices, while speeding-up problem solving and simplifying work planning. Helping to drive this uptake is a focussed training programme for MES users. In the past, operators relied on traditional paper documents, which were manually filled-in, stamped, collected and analysed. Now the digital progress system enables much shorter and quicker feedback loops.

MES is deployed at over 30 production lines at 10 plants and final assembly lines, covering the A320, A330 and A350 XWB programmes.