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required standards instead of the
part being made and then scrapped
because of quality issues. "We have
limited automation in the state of
Washington and are just starting our
journey," Cagnatel says. "In our gem
of the Midwest we already have automation in place and we have applied
Industry 4.0 technologies."

Smart Factory
Industry 4.0 is the new revolution of
manufacturing systems that involves
digitalization of the process. "It leverages the internet of things and big
data analytics and allows us to have
much tighter control," Cagnatel explains. "Ten years ago, for example,
we just went for a jog. Today, we monitor our fitness with apps to see how
many calories we burned and we can
upload and share that data with the
world. Industry 4.0 does that for the
manufacturing process."
In AIM Aerospace's Iowa facility,
the robots not only make the parts,
but decide when to make which part
based on customers' orders. "Everything is automated and the robots are
linked to the ordering system so if the
order changes we can input changes
in the system and the robot will prior-

itize itself immediately," Cagnatel explains. "While the robots are at work,
we can monitor and update them from
anywhere in the world."
The aerospace industry is going
through a transformation, Cagnatel
says, and AIM Aerospace continues
to evolve to keep pace. "We will become a stronger technology-driven
composite manufacturer and retain a
strong position in our legacy components while becoming a major player
in engine components and primary/
secondary structure market," he adds.
"We are going to increase our position
in aircraft carbon fiber composites,
which is a fundamental transformation in the market."

Seamless Transition
AIM Aerospace is in the middle of a
journey to transform itself and maintain its position as a leading manufacturer to the aerospace industry. "First
of all, open communication with our
customers has been vital," Cagnatel
says. "Secondly, we have taken a risk
management approach in protecting
our customer in this transition. We
will revitalize our current facilities,
consolidate and invest in these sites
to make them fundamentally better.

aim aerospace operates
under tight quality control
to supply components for
the aerospace industry.

president and ceo daniele
cagnatel says aim aerospace
should be moving the industry
needle forward.

We are not moving people away from
what we do today and will continue
with the same workforce as we move
into the future."
The transformation will allow AIM
Aerospace's customers to reduce cost
and increase value. In this new era,
Cagnatel says he is most proud of the
people at AIM Aerospace. "I think
we have the right team at the leadership level down to the manufacturing
floor," he notes.
AIM Aerospace will continue to
evolve as the aerospace market drives
new technology and begins the revolution of composite materials into
the aircraft and jet engine market.
"We want to change because we want
to follow the growth," Cagnatel says.
"We are aligned with the change and
will be in a position to add a lot of value, advance our workforce and move
the industrial needle forward. That
means we aren't just growing the
company, rather we are creating a better company that is more technologically advanced, working with customers we trust and respect and adding
value for them. Our employees will
thrive and be part of a bigger story because we are advancing our company
by doing things differently and more
competitively, adding more value to
our customers, our employees and
our shareholders." mt
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