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The Automated NC Mini-Driller
ISSN: 0148-7191, e-ISSN: 2688-3627
Published October 06, 1999 by SAE International in United States
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The introduction of a new derivative to an existing aircraft model poses many decisions regarding old versus new. In the case of the introduction of the extended range 767 (the 767-400ER), an entirely new wing design prompted the examination of the then current assembly processes and tooling. The hesitation to build new drill templates for use in the traditional method of second stage wing spar assembly inspired Tool Engineering Management to request the investigation of a low cost automated drilling apparatus. As a result, the Boeing Automated Tools Group and Advanced Integration Technology, Inc. (AIT) developed and implemented mobile numerically controlled mini-drilling machines for post-ASAT I assembly-drilling operations. This paper presents the NC automated mini-driller as a viable alternative to conventional assembly drilling and provides the technical description of a cost effective design which results in flexibility, time and cost savings, consistency in results and improved shop-floor ergonomics.