Achieving low cost and high quality aero structure assembly through integrated digital metrology systems


Measurement assisted assembly (MAA) has the potential to facilitate a step change in assembly efficiency for large structures such as airframes through the reduction of rework, manually intensive processes and expensive monolithic assembly tooling. It is shown how MAA can enable rapid part-to-part assembly, increased use of flexible automation, traceable quality assurance and control, reduced structure weight and improved aerodynamic tolerances. These advances will require the development of automated networks of measurement instruments; model based thermal compensation, the automatic integration of 'live' measurement data into variation simulation and algorithms to generate cutting paths for predictive shimming and drilling processes. This paper sets out an architecture for digital systems which will enable this integrated approach to variation management. © 2013 The Authors.

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Divisions: Aston University (General)
Additional Information: © 2013 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. Open acess under CC BY-NC-ND license. Forty Sixth CIRP Conference on Manufacturing Systems 2013
Uncontrolled Keywords: assembly,MAA,measurement assisted assembly,Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering,Control and Systems Engineering
Publication ISSN: 2212-8271
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2024 07:13
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2015 08:50
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Published Date: 2013
Published Online Date: 2013-06-24
Authors: Muelaner, J.E.
Martin, O.C.
Maropoulos, P.G. (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-6525-6216)

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