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Flexible Fixtures with Low Cost and Short Lead-Times
ISSN: 0148-7191, e-ISSN: 2688-3627
Published April 12, 2007 by SAE International in United States
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This paper presents preliminary result in a flexible fixture solution for airframe assembly comprising a modular steel framework called Box-joint and flexible tooling modules called Hexapods. The solution is comprises a framework that is screwed together instead of welding beams together, which enables re-building the framework when performing change-over in a more extensive reconfiguration. The Hexapods are parallel legged passive fixture stands that can change their configuration to facilitate easy setup in a change-over between handle different assemblies. A solution to configure the Hexapods manually is described. The investment cost can be kept low by using a metrology system to provide for high accuracy in the tool configuration process instead of using precision parts in the fixture system.
CitationKihlman, H. and Engström, M., "Flexible Fixtures with Low Cost and Short Lead-Times," SAE Technical Paper 2007-01-2125, 2007, https://doi.org/10.4271/2007-01-2125.
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