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2016-09-27
Technical Paper
2016-01-2137
Simon Kothe, Sven Philipp von Stürmer, Hans Christian Schmidt, Christian Boehlmann, Jörg Wollnack, Wolfgang Hintze
Strong market growth, upcoming global competition and the impact of customer-requirements in aerospace industry demand for more productive, flexible and cost-effective machining systems. Industrial robots have already demonstrated their advantages in smart and efficient production in a wide field of applications and industries. However, their use for machining of structural components is still obstructed by the disadvantage of low absolute accuracy and adverse reaction to process loads. For accuracy assessment and optimization of robot-based machining systems, an experimental approach for holistic recording and analysis of inaccuracies and errors is presented. For conventional Cartesian CNC machining systems several methods and guidelines for performance assessment and error identification are available (e.g. VDI 9283, VDI/NCG 5211-2). Due to the attributes of a common 6-axis-robot serial kinematic these methods of decoupled and separated analysis fail.
2016-09-27
Technical Paper
2016-01-2127
Sylvain Guerin, Sylvain da Costa
Contribution of 3D printing in tooling and portable tools Application case for a Smart Driller The recent contribution rise in 3D printing is rapidly changing the whole industry. In aeronautics, it has 2 major domains of growth: • Aircraft parts • Tooling and portable tools Aircraft parts in metallic 3D printing have been highly publicized in the media, although they represent only a tiny share of the aircraft cell in the short term. On the other hand, metallic (and non-metallic) 3D printing in tooling and tools bring immediate advantages compared to traditional methods. The advantages • Design made directly from the final function • Optimized for strength vs weight • Weight reduction • Reduction in parts number • Short cycle time from design to use • Low cost for customization The drawbacks • Limited in size We have already applied this new manufacturing technique to obtain real breakthroughs in portable tools.
2016-09-27
Technical Paper
2016-01-2102
André Baumann
Broetje-Automation has developed a new production organization for the A320neo Pylon assembly. The main goal of this turnkey solution was to reduce the lead time of the assembly phase and the use of lean principles. The assembly line consist of several manual working stations as well as a fully automated drilling cell. The different processes, machines and tools are directly connected to a comprehensive overhead conveyor and a line management system.
2016-09-27
Technical Paper
2016-01-8116
Mrudula Uday Orpe, Monika Ivantysynova
Mobile Earth Moving Machinery like Skid-steer loaders have a tight turning radius in limited spaces due to a short wheelbase which prevents the use of suspensions in these vehicles. The absence of a suspension system exposes the vehicle to ground vibrations of high magnitude and low frequency. Vibrations reduce operator comfort, productivity and life of components. Along with vibrations, the machine productivity is also hampered by material spillage which is caused by the tilting of the bucket due to the extension of the boom. The first part of the paper focuses on vibration damping. The chassis’ vibrations are reduced by the use of an active suspension element which is the hydraulic boom cylinder which is equivalent to a spring–damper. With this objective, a linear model for the skid steer loader is developed and a state feedback control law is implemented.
2016-09-27
Technical Paper
2016-01-2091
Raul Cano, Oscar Ibanez de Garayo, Miguel Angel Castillo, Ricardo Marin, Hector Ascorbe, Jose Ramon de los Santos
In the last years, Aeronautical Industry has made a significant effort for the automation of different manufacturing tasks. One of the most important is the drilling process of material stacks prior to the installation of rivets, due the great advantages of progressing from manual to automatic operation. In particular, the robotic drilling for manufacturing medium-size subassemblies allows not only to improve productivity and efficiency of the process, but also to reduce repetitive tasks for the operator, usually performed under poorly ergonomic conditions. For this purpose, some solutions based on industrial robots with highly sensorized end-effectors have been already explored. Nevertheless, these proposals are frequently lack of technological maturity or imply an investment difficult to recover.
2016-09-27
Technical Paper
2016-01-2145
Ryan Haldimann
Inspection of fasteners prior to installation is critical to the quality of aerospace parts. Fasteners must be inspected for length/grip and diameter at a minimum. Inspecting the fasteners mechanically just prior to insertion can cause additional cycle time loss if inspection cannot be performed at the same time as other operations. To decrease fastener inspection times and to ensure fastener cartridges contain the expected fastener a system was devised to measure the fastener as it travels down the fastener feed tube. The optics system is designed such that two views 90° apart are captured of the fastener. The fastener is backlit using telecentric illuminators and imaged using a telecentric lens. The processing of the image occurs on the camera. The information as to what fastener the operator has loaded into the bowl is sent to the camera including the expected diameter and overall length.
2016-09-27
Technical Paper
2016-01-2093
Rainer Mueller, Matthias Vette, Ortwin Mailahn
Many assembly processes, particularly in the manufacture of aircraft components, are still carried out by humans manually. In addition to rationalization aspects, high quality requirements, non-ergonomic activities, the lack of well-qualified workers etc. may require the use of automation technology. Through novel possibilities of human-robot-cooperation these challenges can be met through a skills-based division of labor. Tasks are assigned to humans and robots in a way that the respective strengths can be used most efficiently. This article presents, how assembly processes can get empowered for human-robot-cooperation, using a specific work description for humans and robots, an assembly priority chart and suitable robot programs, to prepare for a skills-based task assignment. In the area of formerly exclusively manual assembly, the operations for the assembly of the product must first be described in detail.
2016-09-27
Technical Paper
2016-01-2107
Rainer Mueller, Matthias Vette, Matthias Scholer, Jan Ball
The global competition challenges aircraft manufactures in high wage countries. The assembly of large components is distinguished by fixed position assembly. Many complex assembly processes such as in the aircraft assembly are manually done by high experienced workers. The aircraft manufacturers deal with a varying number of items, growing product variants and an increase of requirements for their products. During the assembly process hundreds of clips, ties and stringers as well as thousands of rivets must be assembled. An important aspect is the maintenance of a high productivity and ensuring the competitiveness and the existence of manufacturing companies in Germany. To achieve a reduction of cycle times with a simultaneous increase in quality, supportive assistance systems for visual support and for the documentation and organization within the assembly are required. One example for visual assistance systems are laser projection systems.
2016-09-27
Technical Paper
2016-01-2087
Hunter O'Folan, Peter B. Zieve
There is an ever present risk of the lower ram of a riveting machine crashing into and damaging stringers and clips. The risk becomes greater as the parts get deeper and fasteners move closer to the web. In designing a riveting machine for the Lockheed C-130 we were concerned about the long lower anvil working in a challenging environment. We wanted the lower ram to drop down without causing damage even if the upset ram is offset and wrapped around a part. But we also wanted the lower tool to crash from the side without causing damage. Once this is achieved we have crash protection from five of six sides. A competing requirement is the need to strip collars. At Electroimpact we prefer to use the up-down action in the lower ram to do the stripping. We checked for the most difficult collar to strip and found that a 3/8 GP collar can take up to 3000 pounds of force to strip. Therefore we had a target that the magnetic pull-down on the lower anvil should exceed 3000 pounds.
2016-09-27
Technical Paper
2016-01-2078
Torsten Logemann
To bring automation into today’s complex assembly processes of aircraft structures a highly flexible solution is needed. Therefore, Broetje-Automation has developed a mobile robot assembly cell for high accuracy drilling and fastening. The system uses a standard 6 axis articulated arm robot extended with a lifting unit and equipped with special compensation package developed by Broetje Automation. The whole system can be moved either on wheels for longer distance or on air cushions why it can be easily integrated or combined with existing assembly processes.
2016-09-27
Technical Paper
2016-01-2114
Matthias Meyer
Carbon composites have been on an odyssey within the past 15 years. Starting on the highest expectations regarding the performance, reality was hitting a lot of programs hard. Carbon composites were introduced on a very high technical level and industry has shown of being capable to handle those processes in general. In particular, production never sleeps and processes undergo a continuous change. Within these changes costs remain the most critical driver. As products are improving during their lifetime, they usually increase the degree of complexity, too. According to the normal cost improvement, this has drastic consequences for production. When setting up the first generation of composite production, the part being produced has been in the centre of attention.
2016-09-27
Technical Paper
2016-01-2109
Michael Morgan, Caroline McClory, Colm Higgins, Yan Jin, Adrian Murphy
Aerospace structures are typically joined to form larger assemblies using screw lock or swage lock fasteners or rivets. Countersunk fasteners are used widely in the aerospace industry on flying surfaces to reduce excrescence drag and increase aircraft performance. Typically these fasteners are installed to a nominal countersink value which leaves them flush to the surface before being locked into position. The Northern Ireland Technology Centre at Queen’s University Belfast has developed and demonstrated two processes which enable high flushness fastening of countersunk fasteners. The ‘Flush Install’ process produces countersunk holes based on the specific geometry of each individual fastener. The ‘Fettle Flush’ process accurately machines fasteners to match the surrounding surface. Flushness values well within the allowable tolerances have been demonstrated for both Flush Install and Fettle Flush processes.
2016-09-27
Technical Paper
2016-01-2084
Curtis Hayes
Successfully riveting aerospace fatigue-rated structure (for instance, wing panels) requires achieving rivet interference between a minimum and a maximum value in a number of locations along the shank of the rivet. In unbalanced structure, where the skin is much thicker than the stringer, this can be particularly challenging, as achieving minimum interference at D2 (the exit of the skin) can often be a problem without exceeding the maximum interference at D4 (exit of the stringer). Softer base materials and harder, higher-strength rivets can compound the problem. This paper presents a solution that has been successfully implemented on a production commercial aircraft. The application of a special coating on the tail side die dramatically reduces D4 interference, which in some instances resulted in a reduction of more than 30%. This allowed an increase in forming force to increase D2 interference and made for a much more robust process.
2016-09-27
Technical Paper
2016-01-2083
Steven P. Smith
This paper traces the development of a single sided blind fastener at Airbus’ Broughton’s plant, commencing with the initial identification of the need for the A380XWB programme, through various prototypes testing early production trials. These requirements were further refined for A350XWB, resulting in a new contending fastener design, further evaluation and testing before pre-production trials and selection for A350XWB programme. Experience gained has led to further design development by the supplier leading to its current applications which are explained and the next steps of our Journey.
2016-09-27
Technical Paper
2016-01-2079
Alexander Janssen, Thorsten Dillhoefer
The industry wide requirement of new highly flexible automated fastening systems in aircraft production has created the need for developing new fastening systems. This paper will focus on the development of the Frame Riveting Assembly Cell (FRAC) by BROETJE-Automation to meet this need. The new FRAC machine configuration is built for automated drilling and fastening of different aircraft type panels. It is highly flexible with a high speed positioning system mounted outer end effector. System travel is limited only by installed track length. The FRAC integrates well with conventional and reconfigurable automated fastening work holding tools.
2016-09-27
Technical Paper
2016-01-2077
Fatih Burak Sahin, Hans-Juergen Borchers, Cagatay Ucar
Owing to high strength to weight ratio CFRP composite materials has been widely use in aerospace industries. However drilling CFRP laminates is difficult owing to the highly abrasive nature of the carbon fibers and low thermal conductivity of CFRP. Therefore for the manufacturers it is a challenge to drill CFRP materials without causing any delamination within the high quality requirements while also considering the costs of the process. This paper will discuss the process of drilling CFRP-Al stack ups within tight tolerances using a seven axis drilling robot. All components required for drilling are integrated in the drill end-effector. The pressure foot is extended in order to clamp the work piece, and then holes are drilled. The drilling process has four steps as moving to fast approach level, controlled drill feed, countersink depth reached and lift the drill. This paper will discuss the process of drilling CFRP-Al stack ups within tight tolerances using a Robot.
2016-09-27
Technical Paper
2016-01-2133
Carl Landau
Aircraft manufacturers are seeking automated systems capable of positioning large structural components with a positional accuracy of 0.25mm. Previous attempts at using coordinated arm robots for such applications have suffered from the use of low accuracy robots and minimal systems integration. Electroimpact have designed a system that leverages our patented Accurate Robot technology to create an extensively automated and comprehensively integrated process driven by the native airplane component geometry. The predominantly auto-generated programs are executed on a single Siemens CNC that controls two Electroimpact-enhanced Kuka 6 axis robots. This paper documents the system design including the specification, applicable technologies, descriptions of system components, and the comprehensive system integration. The first use of this system will be the accurate assembly of production empennage panels for the Boeing 777X, 787 and 777 airplanes.
2016-09-27
Technical Paper
2016-01-2136
Oliver Pecat, Tebbe Paulsen, Philipp Katthöfer, Ekkard Brinksmeier, Sascha Fangmann
Insufficient chip extraction often leads to disruptions of automated drilling processes and degraded surface qualities. One opportunity to avoid chip accumulation is based on a cinematically enforced chip breakage caused by sinusoidal axial oscillations of the drilling tool. Recent investigations have shown that the quality of chip extraction is, amongst others, considerably depending on the chip shape and mass which are defined by the cutting parameters feed, amplitude and number of oscillation per revolution. So far only mechanical systems in the form of tool holders have been available on the market, which are restricted to a fixed number of oscillations per revolution (oscillation frequency is coupled to the spindle speed). In the present study a spindle with magnetic bearings was used which allows to adjust the oscillation frequency independently of the spindle speed and therefore enables all opportunities to affect the generated chip shapes.
2016-09-27
Technical Paper
2016-01-2105
Thomas G. Jefferson, Richard Crossley, Anthony Smith, Svetan Ratchev
This paper presents a novel reconfigurable assembly cell which can assemble multiple fuselage and wing variants. Most aerostructure assembly systems are designed to produce one variant only. For multiple variants, each assembly typically has a dedicated assembly cell, despite most assemblies requiring a process of drilling and fastening to similar tolerances. Assembly systems that produce more than one variant do exist but have long changeover or involve extensive retrofitting. Quick assembly of multiple products using one assembly system offers significant cost savings from reductions in NRC and lead time. Recent trends advocate Reconfigurable Assembly Systems (RAS) as a solution designed to have exactly the functionality necessary to produce a group of similar components. Components with similar geometries and processes are grouped into part families by iterating between design and manufacturing.
2016-09-27
Technical Paper
2016-01-2104
Robert Flynn, Kevin Payton-Stewart, Patrick Brewer, Ryan W. Davidge
The customer’s assembly philosophy demanded a fully integrated flexible pulse line for their Final Assembly Line to assemble their new business jets. Major challenges included the material handling system, developing capable positioners and implementing an automated metrology system. Crane based material handling presents certain collision and handover risks and also present a logistics challenge as cranes become overworked. Automated guided vehicles can be used to move large parts such as wings, but the resulting sweep path becomes a major operational limitation. The customer did not like the trade-offs for either of these approaches. A unique lifting system (ATLAS) based on in-floor rails was developed to offer a solution that provides highly controlled, low risk and accurate moves that allow workers and tools to remain in the assembly area.
2016-09-27
Technical Paper
2016-01-2101
Burak Deger, Fazli Melemez, Aykut Kibar lng
A hybrid drilling process of multi material stacks with one shot drilling recently emerge as an economical and time efficient method in aerospace industry. Even though the comprehensive experience and knowledge is available for the cutting parameters of composites and metals alone, significant gap exist for the hybrid drilling parameters. Determination of these parameters such as feed rate, spindle speed and pecking depth has vital importance so as to provide a robust and optimal process to ensure dimensionally high quality, burr and delamination free holes. Main challenge of hybrid drilling operation is to obtain required hole diameter with adequate homogeneity and repeatability. In this study, effect of cutting parameters on dimensional hole quality was investigated. In addition to the hole diameter tolerances, CFRP hole enlargement phenomena which is encountered as a specific drawback of metal-exit stack configurations is also addressed within the scope of this study.
2016-09-27
Technical Paper
2016-01-2098
Christophe Vandaele, Didier Friot, Simon Marry, Etienne Gueydon
With more than 10 000 aircrafts in their order backlog, automated assembly is of critical importance to the progress for aircraft manufacturers. Moreover to obtain maximum benefit from automation, it is necessary to achieve not only an integrated fastener cell, but also a real breakthrough in fasteners technology. The optimum solution, known as "One Side Assembly", performs the whole assembly sequence from one side of the structure using an accurate robot arm equipped with a Multi function End effector and high performances fasteners. This configuration provides an efficient and flexible automated installation process, superior to current solutions which are typically, large scale, capital intensive, systems, which still require operators to complete or control the fastener installation. The search for a technological breakthrough in this domain has been targeted for more than 15 years by the majors aircrafts manufacturers.
2016-09-27
Technical Paper
2016-01-2099
Peter Mueller-Hummel, Thomas Langhorst
On CNC Machines drilling holes under perfect condition is possible. For drilling holes into Titan, Composite and Aluminium stacked materials the specific cutting condition can be selected. Furthermore surrounding conditions like peck cycle, MQL and force and torque monitoring can be adapted easily. Drilling holes in the final assembly CNC machine tools cannot be adapted because of sizes and accessibility. Power Feed Units or Automated Drill Units ADU are very handy, flexible and depending on the jig extremely rigid. Whenever a Machine tool does not fit, ADUs are highly recommended. In comparison to Machine tools conventional pneumatic ADUs can be used with one fixed set of feed, speed and micro peck only. Due to that a compromise in cutting condition has to be chosen in drilling stacked material with different layers.
2016-09-27
Technical Paper
2016-01-2097
Sylvain Laporte, Cosme De Castelbajac, Mathieu Ladonne
The Vibration Assisted Drilling (VAD) process has been implemented in Automated Drilling Units (ADU) on an industrial scale for almost a decade. Today more than 11000 ADUs are equiped with VAD systems and currently used on aircraft assembly lines. As well as drawing up a short report on the use of this new process, the authors make an assessment on new challenges that VAD has to face up. Indeed production rates are increasing and ADU manufacturers improve their technologies, one of the most recent and major development concerning the electrical motorization of the machines. These evolutions are as many opportunities for the VAD provided you have a clever understanding as well as an expert knowledge of the process. Thus the authors propose a new dynamic model of the whole VAD system which integrates the behavior of the part, cutting tool/material pair and the machine. The confrontation of model results and experimental validation tests demonstrates the relevance of the works.
2016-09-27
Technical Paper
2016-01-2096
Simon Schnieders, Dirk Eickhorst
Drilling of high-strength titan material and composites in combination creates complex challenges in order to achieve required productivity and quality. Long spiral chips are characteristically for the titan drilling process, which leads to e.g. chip accumulation, high thermomechanical load, surface damages and excessive tool wear. The basic approach is the substitution of today’s peck-drilling as current solution to this problem and the implementation of a vibration assisted drilling, so called micro-peck-drilling-process, to generate a kinematic chip breakage in a significant more efficient way. To meet perfectly the requirements regarding rates, quality and automation level, Broetje-Automation as system integrator has investigated and developed the implementation of different alternative high-performance systems and methods to approach the optimal oscillation movement of the tool.
2016-09-27
Technical Paper
2016-01-2095
Agata Suwala, Lucy Agyepong, Andrew Silcox
Reduction of overall drag to improve aircraft performance has always been one of the goals for aircraft manufacturers. One of the key contributors to decreasing drag is achieving laminar flow on a large proportion of the wing. Laminar flow requires parts to be manufactured and assembled within tighter tolerance bands than current build processes allow. Drilling of aircraft wings to the tolerances demanded by laminar flow requires machines with the stiffness and accuracy of a CNC machine while having the flexibility and envelope of an articulated arm. This paper describes the development and evaluation of high accuracy automated processes to enable the assembly of a one-off innovative laminar flow wing concept. This project is a continuation of a previously published SAE paper related to the development of advanced thermally stable and lightweight assembly fixture required to maintain laminar flow tolerances.
2016-09-27
Technical Paper
2016-01-2118
Patrick Land, Luis De Sousa, Svetan Ratchev, David Branson, Harvey Brookes, Jon Wright
With increased demand for composite materials in the aerospace sector, there is a requirement for the development of manufacturing processes that enable larger and more complex geometries, whilst ensuring that the functionality and specific properties of the component are maintained. To achieve this methods such as thermal roll forming are being considered. This method is relatively new to composite forming in the aerospace field, and as such there are currently issues with the formation of part defects during manufacture. Previous work has shown that precise control of the force applied to the composite surface during forming has the potential to prevent the formation of wrinkle defects. In this paper the development of various control strategies that can robustly adapt to different complex geometries are presented and compared within simulated and small scale experimental environments, on varying surface profiles.
2016-09-27
Technical Paper
2016-01-2117
Rustam M. Baytimerov, Pavel Lykov, Sergei Sapozhnikov, Dmitry Zherebtsov, Konstantin Bromer
The development of Additive technologies (SLS/SLM, EBM, DMD) suggests the increase of range expansion of materials used. One of the most promising directions is products manufacturing from composite materials. The technology of composite micro-powders production on the basis of heat-resistant nickel alloy EP648 and Al2O3 is proposed. The aim of this research is to develop a method of producing composite micropowders for additive technology application. This method is based on modification of the metal micro-powders surface as a second phase in a planetary mixer (mechanochemical synthesis). The obtained composite micropowders are compared with powders which are recommended for selective laser melting usage (produced by MTT Technology). The equipment used in the research: planetary mixer, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), optical granulomorphometer Occhio 500nano.
2016-09-27
Technical Paper
2016-01-2116
Peter Mueller-Hummel
ABSTRACT: Drilling holes into metal is a normal procedure, because the drill (metal drill) and the mal-leable capability of the metal compensate the insufficient cutting capability of a worn out drill. Drilling Composite by using the same drill (metal drill) is different procedure, because composite fibers are not mal-leable like metal at all. This fact is the reason why drills for metal are getting very hot by drilling Composite fibers. Even the diameter of the drilled holes in the carbon fiber parts are getting smaller than the drill them-selves afterwards. The hole in the metal part of the stack remains constant. This article explains the physical reason and characterizes the special features of a drill to realize a safe drilling Composite or CFRP/Aluminum stacks in H8 quality. Simplified theoretic models will show how CFRP/Aluminum stacks should be machined “Safe”, inside the cpk tolerance, without scratches even when the drill is worn.
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