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Implementing a World Class 4.0 Manufacturing for an A&D company resulted in a ROI x 2.9

Client situation

The Client, a global Aerospace & Defense player wanted to develop a 4.0 World Class Manufacturing (WCM) system and a digital strategy for both the Group and its local sites.

They also wanted to generate additional savings on transformation costs (compared to “traditional” WCM budget), as well as to support the management, control and reduction of the Covid-19 risk.

The approach

We supported our Aerospace & Defense Client by:

  • Creating a Governance dashboard including:
    • WCM data integration and consolidation in a data lake
    • Integrated application landscape to support data analytics and visualization
    • Systematic prioritization, stratification, understanding of problems, root-causes and PDCA (Plan-Do-Check-Act) application
  • Digitalizing WCM Pillars:
    • Digitally enhanced manufacturing operating model sustaining loss eradication
    • Digital apps and tools to support WCM Work Processes
  • Defining a WCM 4.0 implementation roadmap:
    • Integrated and structured approach to develop Client “digital factory” vision and roadmap
    • Digital and I4.0 technologies selection based on use cases
    • Prioritization of use cases based on effort and impact evaluation


  • x2,9 Return on Investment
  • Reduced Non-Value-Added (NVA) time (data collection, consolidation, …)
  • 12 digital platform apps available
  • 24 use cases selected out of over 130
  • Digital standard Covid-19 risk assessment implemented