Weaving the Digital Thread

The Digital Thread is a vision of data management that is inspiring leading organizations throughout the carbon composite industry. This emerging model forecasts a single, integrated stream of digital data that makes information from the entire life cycle available to all stakeholders.

Benefits of this groundbreaking model, which is achievable with technologies that already exist today, include:

  • Consistent communication of design information
  • High-performance collaboration among all life cycle partners
  • Reporting and simulation of real-world behavior
  • Usage trend tracking
  • Ongoing process improvement and problem prediction
  • Increased competitiveness for organizations that adopt a digital manufacturing workflow

NLign Analytics software is designed to be a core fiber in the Digital Thread, not only by providing the data stream, but more important, making that data useful.

As the foundation for a Digital Thread workflow, NLign can provide significant cost reductions and efficiency improvements to the carbon composite industry in the near future.

The Future of Product Life Cycle Management

  • The Digital Thread

    The Digital Thread is a powerful collaborative connection between OEMs, suppliers, MRO providers, and end users.

  • The virtual edge

    The National Institute of Standards and Technology estimates that digital manufacturing could cut costs by 50% and reduce time to market by 45%.

  • High performance

    Real-time monitoring of manufacturing equipment will enable rapid problem prediction, life cycle validation, and other process improvements.

  • Get a grip on big data

    The Digital Thread allows data from the entire life cycle to drive process improvements at every level.

The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) has identified digital manufacturing as “one of America’s greatest – and most underutilized – competitive assets,” and made it a key initiative for the near future.

In a 2011 white paper titled “Model Based Enterprise for Manufacturing” the National Institute of Standards and Technology concluded that high-performance digital manufacturing “could potentially cut costs by 50% and reduce time to market by 45%.”