The aerospace and defense industry continues to be a hotbed of patent innovation. Activity is driven by the uptake of advanced technology, and growing importance of technologies such as hypersonics and advanced materials. In the last three years alone, there have been over 237,000 patents filed and granted in the aerospace and defense industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Innovation in defense: vibration supression devices. Buy the report here.
However, not all innovations are equal and nor do they follow a constant upward trend. Instead, their evolution takes the form of an S-shaped curve that reflects their typical lifecycle from early emergence to accelerating adoption, before finally stabilizing and reaching maturity.
Identifying where a particular innovation is on this journey, especially those that are in the emerging and accelerating stages, is essential for understanding their current level of adoption and the likely future trajectory and impact they will have.
110 innovations will shape the aerospace and defense industry
According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which plots the S-curve for the aerospace and defense industry using innovation intensity models built on over 206,000 patents, there are 110 innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.
Within the emerging innovation stage, aircraft fuel cell APUs, self-calibrating scanners, and vibration suppression devices are disruptive technologies that are in the early stages of application and should be tracked closely. Aircraft ultrasonic inspection, aircraft power distribution network, and contour scanning interferometry are some of the accelerating innovation areas, where adoption has been steadily increasing. Among maturing innovation areas are precision-guided firearms and aircraft power management, which are now well established in the industry.
Innovation S-curve for the aerospace and defense industry
Vibration suppression devices is a key innovation area in aerospace and defense
Vibration suppression is critical for various platforms across aerospace and defense. Vibration is often controlled by damping, a method designed to absorb some of the vibrations.
GlobalData’s analysis also uncovers the companies at the forefront of each innovation area and assesses the potential reach and impact of their patenting activity across different applications and geographies. According to GlobalData, there are 750+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established aerospace and defense companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of vibration suppression devices.
Key players in vibration suppression devices – a disruptive innovation in the aerospace and defense industry
‘Application diversity’ measures the number of applications identified for each patent. It broadly splits companies into either ‘niche’ or ‘diversified’ innovators.
‘Geographic reach’ refers to the number of countries each patent is registered in. It reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from ‘global’ to ‘local’.
Patent volumes related to vibration suppression devices
Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics
KYB is the top patent filer in vibration suppression devices. Some of the patents filed by KYB in in this space include developments in cabin vibration suppression, as well as various devices designed to both control and dampen vibrations. Some other key patent filers in the area include Honda Motor, Shimizu, and Hitachi.
In terms of geographic reach, Henkel leads the pack. Leonardo and CACI International stand in the second and third positions, respectively. By means of application diversity, CACI International holds the top position, followed by General Electric and Nippon Steel.
Vibration suppression devices have a number of patents filed by companies primarily with a commercial market focus. Defense companies are also filing patents in this area, with those doing so including Leonardo, Boeing, and BAE Systems all submitting patents related to vibration suppression devices.
To further understand the key themes and technologies disrupting the aerospace and defense industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Aerospace & Defense.