Moog Inc. has recently announced a world first experiment conducted in conjunction with Microsoft, Air New Zealand, and ST Engineering which has the potential to create a point of use, time of need digital supply chain™.
The proof of concept has seen Air New Zealand order a digital aircraft part file from Singapore-based ST Engineering, which was immediately sent to an approved printer, downloaded and 3D printed before being installed on an Air New Zealand Boeing 777-300 aircraft within hours of its scheduled departure. The entire transaction, from purchase to installation, was logged in Moog’s VeriPart digital supply chain system, which is powered by Microsoft Azure Cloud technology.
VeriPart is used for assuring data, process, and performance integrity of 3D printed parts for aerospace applications. The VeriPart blockchain platform allows an engineering partner to release its intellectual property in a controlled way. The newly printed part is securely authenticated and traceable via VeriPart, providing the added value of configuration control for the life of the aircraft.
The end result of the collaboration opens the door to a future of distributed networks starting with a digital design file and ending with a physical part.