Building agility through supply chain partner collaboration
A crucial COVID-19 supply chain lesson is that agility is just as important as resilience. OneWeb Satellites is a perfect example of how predictive digital twins and simulation help to build that agility into your planning.
OneWeb's mission is to mass-produce a satellite constellation to provide high-speed internet access worldwide. However, running the world’s first satellite serial production line involves complex processes and supply chains. Supplier rate optimisation is crucial to meeting targets and managing costs.
OneWeb Satellites uses WITNESS Horizon predictive digital twin software to accurately predict current and future-state supply chain and production requirements.
Through dynamic simulation of their supply chain, OneWeb can tell suppliers how soon to get ready and what rates are needed at specific times. They can also evaluate different rates by month, week and day, even factoring in a learning curve (because production efficiency increases over time).
This visibility has allowed OneWeb Satellites to collaborate successfully with its supply chain, meaning there’s a genuine partnership approach. As a result, they’ve effectively proactively scheduled, planned subassemblies and ensured the right level of buffer stock ahead of time. It’s foresight and collaboration-powered agility in action.