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Expanding the Use of Robotics in Airframe Assembly Via Accurate Robot Technology
ISSN: 1946-3855, e-ISSN: 1946-3901
Published September 28, 2010 by SAE International in United States
Citation: Devlieg, R., "Expanding the Use of Robotics in Airframe Assembly Via Accurate Robot Technology," SAE Int. J. Aerosp. 3(1):198-203, 2010, https://doi.org/10.4271/2010-01-1846.
Serial link articulated robots applied in aerospace assembly have largely been limited in scope by deficiencies in positional accuracy. The majority of aerospace applications require tolerances of +/−0.25mm or less which have historically been far beyond reach of the conventional off-the-shelf robot. The recent development of the accurate robot technology represents a paradigm shift for the use of articulated robotics in airframe assembly. With the addition of secondary feedback, high-order kinematic model, and a fully integrated conventional CNC control, robotic technology can now compete on a performance level with customized high precision motion platforms. As a result, the articulated arm can be applied to a much broader range of assembly applications that were once limited to custom machines, including one-up assembly, two-sided drilling and fastening, material removal, and automated fiber placement.
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