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 devicesBuy the report here.

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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

Company Total patents (2010 - 2022) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Gree Electric Appliances 34 Unlock Company Profile
Bridgestone 53 Unlock Company Profile
China State Construction Engineering 16 Unlock Company Profile
Nippon Steel 41 Unlock Company Profile
JFE 20 Unlock Company Profile
Okumura 15 Unlock Company Profile
Shimizu 77 Unlock Company Profile
Haier Group 15 Unlock Company Profile
Toyota Motor 69 Unlock Company Profile
Daiwa House Industry 32 Unlock Company Profile
IHI 14 Unlock Company Profile
Kajima 37 Unlock Company Profile
Fanuc 27 Unlock Company Profile
TT Electronics 13 Unlock Company Profile
Henkel 20 Unlock Company Profile
Siemens 14 Unlock Company Profile
Taisei 23 Unlock Company Profile
Takenaka 69 Unlock Company Profile
Hyundai Motor 46 Unlock Company Profile
State Grid Corporation of China 67 Unlock Company Profile
THK 40 Unlock Company Profile
Nissan Motor 42 Unlock Company Profile
Hitachi 75 Unlock Company Profile
Sinfonia Technology 29 Unlock Company Profile
General Electric 23 Unlock Company Profile
Honda Motor 80 Unlock Company Profile
BAE Systems 15 Unlock Company Profile
Mitsubishi Electric 29 Unlock Company Profile
Mazda Motor 47 Unlock Company Profile
Leonardo 31 Unlock Company Profile
Canon 16 Unlock Company Profile
Porsche Automobil 35 Unlock Company Profile
State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council 13 Unlock Company Profile
CACI International 15 Unlock Company Profile
Nippon Telegraph and Telephone 17 Unlock Company Profile
Obayashi 67 Unlock Company Profile
Boeing 17 Unlock Company Profile
Oiles 28 Unlock Company Profile
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries 51 Unlock Company Profile
Toshiba 23 Unlock Company Profile
Kia 19 Unlock Company Profile
Sumitomo Electric Industries 59 Unlock Company Profile
SZ DJI Technology 34 Unlock Company Profile
CRRC Group 14 Unlock Company Profile
KYB 87 Unlock Company Profile
Shimizu 30 Unlock Company Profile
Aseismic Devices 62 Unlock Company Profile
Tokkyokiki 19 Unlock Company Profile
Uni-President China 23 Unlock Company Profile
Uni-President Enterprises 15 Unlock Company Profile

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.

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GlobalData’s Patent Analytics tracks patent filings and grants from official offices around the world. Textual analysis and official patent classifications are used to group patents into key thematic areas and link them to specific companies across the world’s largest industries.