Research project:


Efficient cabin through digital networking of technologies and systems

Research area: Digital quality assurance, networked production
Supported by: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection
In collaboration with: DIEHL Aviation

Institute for Product Development and Construction Technology (TUHH)

German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Chair of Manufacturing Automation and Production Systematics (FAPS)

Center for Applied Aviation Research GmbH (ZAL)

Airbus Operations GmbH


Osram Opto Semiconductors GmbH

Aqua free GmbH

Start of the project: January 2020  
End of the project: December 2022  
Contact person at the institute Julian Koch, M.Sc., M.Sc.  


The project focused on the digitization and networking of quality management and quality assurance processes in the production of aircraft cabin monuments, which have to meet a variety of high requirements in terms of certification and throughout their lifecycle. Traditionally, both structural mechanical tests and the checking of quality features in production were carried out manually, incurring high costs and often relying on paper-based documentation.

This project successfully digitized these processes, marking a fundamental innovation compared to the previous approach. It integrated sensor-based measurement technology continuously into the production process, a significant advancement in the production of aircraft cabins. To achieve this, consistent concepts were developed and validated.

Furthermore, the project established networking with virtual test models at the assembly level. This development laid the groundwork for virtual design, verification, and approval processes. The real-time collection of quality data, combined with data from product development in a digital model, opened up new potentials. For instance, it enabled the use of AI for continuous product and process optimization, as well as the feedback of quality assurance data into product development. This comprehensive approach represented a significant leap forward in the field of aircraft cabin production, setting new standards for efficiency, accuracy, and innovation.




Contact person at the institute:  Julian Koch, M.Sc., M.Sc.