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Automated Surface Preparation of Embraer’s Commercial Jet Fuselage for Painting Process
ISSN: 0148-7191, e-ISSN: 2688-3627
Published March 19, 2019 by SAE International in United States
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Event: AeroTech Americas
The surface preparation of the fuselage prior to painting is largely done manually in the Aerospace Industry; utilizing scrubbers, sanders, chemicals, and manlifts resulting in safety and ergonomic issues without delivering a consistent result. The automation of the process employing robots, vision systems, machine movers, and automated process equipment provided the following benefits:
- Improved Safety and Ergonomics
- Reduced exposure to hazardous materials and working conditions
- Improved Consistency and Quality
- Improved Production Capabilities and Reduced Labor Costs
- Reduced Material Usage
- Less weight
- Lower environmental risks
- Lower cost
This paper will describe the equipment used and the process changes required to automate the surface preparation process, then discuss the benefits that were realized.
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CitationSchuknecht, K. and Scotton, R., "Automated Surface Preparation of Embraer’s Commercial Jet Fuselage for Painting Process," SAE Technical Paper 2019-01-1339, 2019, https://doi.org/10.4271/2019-01-1339.
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