Part 8: The digital thread takes flight Following the digital thread

The digital thread—and the data that courses through it—could change everything we have come to understand about manufacturing


The day has arrived. The ONE Aviation team will watch as an entire airplane designed and built with the help of the digital thread takes flight. As this physical object, created in the digital world, is put to the test, we will revisit what made it possible and explore the potential benefits and opportunities that the digital thread offers.

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The digital thread—and its companion, the digital twin—could revolutionize not only the way we design and develop products, but the way we manufacture and service them as well. The thread can enable manufacturers to produce components with shorter development cycles, continually improved design, compressed supply chains, and expanded geographic flexibility. Beyond that, the digital thread can facilitate a learning organization, one that takes data and information from previous design iterations and field experiences to enable further innovation and process efficiencies. It appears to be a central driver of both present and future value. All that is left to do now is wrap things up. We will do that in our final episode.

Further references:

Mark Cotteleer, Stuart Trouton, Ed Dobner, “3D opportunity and the digital thread”, Deloitte Insights, March 3, 2016, accessed January 9, 2018.

Mark Vitale, Brian Tilton, Matt Conner, Aman Shah, “3D opportunity for scan, design, and analyze”, Deloitte Insights, December 2, 2016, accessed January 12, 2018.

Aaron Parrott, Lane Warshaw, “Industry 4.0 and the digital twin”, Deloitte Insights, May 12, 2017, accessed January 30, 2018.

Siemens, “Benefit from the advantages of the digital transformation”, accessed June 4, 2018.