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Automation of Sorting and Kitting from cutting tables

Broetje-Automation GmbH-Erik Berg
  • Technical Paper
  • 2019-01-1899
To be published on 2019-09-16 by SAE International in United States
Within the current part production of carbon fiber parts a lot of manual work is included for sorting and kitting of automatic cut plies. This is required due to the high raw material costs and enables a good utilization of the materials. Automation of this non-value adding process will be a big benefit for the part production. The high variety of shapes and the different materials to be processed are complex boundary conditions, which are to be overcome. Broetje is in development of handling systems and automation solutions, which are used for a high variety of materials as well as for a high variety of shapes. These systems are meant to be an add-on for existing cutting tables as well as for fully integrated production systems with downstream automation equipment like draping hoods. Mayor challenges to overcome are safe gripping capabilities, detection of #non-cut fibers, high variety of shapes, complex logistic management. These challenges are addressed with Broetje’s ASK Solution. This paper will focus on the innovative automated sorting and kitting solution invented by Broetje-Automation.
 

Assembly and quality optimisation for wing structures throughout the application of Optical projection

Airbus-Luis Rivera PhD
Jose Angel Gonzalez Domingo-Jose Angel Gonzalez-Domingo
  • Technical Paper
  • 2019-01-1903
To be published on 2019-09-16 by SAE International in United States
The existing fastener installation operations account for drilling and bolting a large number of holes through the wing skin. Because of its inherent complexity, these operations are prone to costly defects. Consequently, there is room for improvement and optimisation. Instead of focusing on expensive, complex and high-risk automation solutions, visual aid has proven to be a more suitable option. Particularly, optical projection would display operations information directly on the wing skin. This would grant the operators the help they need to cut down on defects and remove the need to follow large slaving maps, simplifying their tasks. Therefore, the aim of this project is to introduce and install this technology, which will display hole positions and its related operation information. Coupled with the system’s flexibility to display any shape and colour, this solution will be robust enough and fit for purpose to support these production operations. After a comprehensive market research to select the best technology, the selected option was programmed and optimised to perform in an Airbus environment and to satisfy Airbus’ requirements. The…
 

Improvement of Hydraulic system tests in Aircraft Manufacturing by applying Lean techniques

Airbus-Kevin Forster
Cranfield Univ-Philip Webb
  • Technical Paper
  • 2019-01-1901
To be published on 2019-09-16 by SAE International in United States
Lean Manufacturing is generally a challenge across all manufacturing companies. Especially in the aerospace industry where production costs have a significant impact on the overall business success. Additionally, the aircraft Takt time is gradually being reduced to accomplish ramp up requirements. The hydraulic system tests are considered as a production waste (Muda Type I) since it is mandatory but does not add any value to the end customer. Furthermore, due to health and safety aspects, no other production task can be done while the test is being performed. This research project aimed at performing a Kaizen analysis of the hydraulic system test stations to reduce or eliminate idle time while it is taking place. To do so, an extensive literature review has be conducted to provide its research framework. Then, all the project requirements and constraints were identified in order to generate a design specification. As a part of the methodology, several design proposals to accomplish this specification are created. In parallel, a reverse engineering case scenario is used to generate a DMU using a…
 

NDT Application from Conventional to Digital Radiography for the Aircraft Maintenance Industry

SORT Engineering GmbH-Adel A. Ghobbar
  • Technical Paper
  • 2019-01-1907
To be published on 2019-09-16 by SAE International in United States
Technological innovation can provide improved productivity, increased cost savings, and it can keep or make an organisation competitive. Digital radiography for non-destructive testing (NDT) is such a promising innovation. In organisations with large scale utilisation of non-destructive testing, a transition from film to digital radiography is easily justified. Nevertheless, this is not the case for every organisation. Next to the operational workflow, system flexibility, quality, and regulatory issues also play a role in the trade-off. Especially in the aircraft maintenance industry, where the non-destructive operation is related to a lot of different factors. Motivated by the developments of digital radiography, the NDT department of KLM Engineering & Maintenance (E&M) requested advice in reconsidering their conventional film radiography capabilities. The objective of this research was to assess the feasibility of digital radiography at KLM E&M. First, a thorough understanding of the technical and practical principles behind conventional radiographic testing was built up. Regulatory and process requirements were identified and several digital radiographic systems for industrial purposes were analysed. Based on the requirements, only computed radiography (CR)…
 

Identifying Virtuous Cycles of Using Real-Time Process Data in Portable Semi-Automated Electric Drilling

Airbus Operations GmbH-Jan Sturhmann
Airbus UK-Luke bagshaw, Philip Edwards
  • Technical Paper
  • 2019-01-1875
To be published on 2019-09-16 by SAE International in United States
Purpose: Thanks to the long lifetimes of aerospace platforms, manufacturers face opportunities for improving the manufacturing processes of legacy products. However, the potential benefits of process innovations must be carefully balanced with the costs. One such opportunity is offered through portable semi-automated electric drilling. The purpose of this paper is to identify critical elements in building a business case for incorporating portable semi-automated electric drills on aerospace products and processes. Design/methodology/approach: Drawing on institutional knowledge, we distinguish three entities in hole-generation tasks: hole types, hole-cutting tools, and hole-cutting assets (e.g. portable drills). We identify the specific needs, requirements and constraints in hole generation by focusing on each entity and the relationships between them. We then examine the implications of introducing sensor-equipped portable electric drills that allow real-time process data collection. Finally, we assess the impact of innovation in hole-cutting assets in general. Findings: It was found that the benefits of real-time process data collection can lead into a virtuous cycle where a first-order benefit can lead to multiple higher-order benefits. For example, provision of spindle…
 

Improving and Evaluating Aircraft Maintenance On-Time Performance for Wide-Body A-Checks Delays

SORT Engineering GmbH-Adel A. Ghobbar
  • Technical Paper
  • 2019-01-1909
To be published on 2019-09-16 by SAE International in United States
Martinair is based on Schiphol Oost and is part of the KLM Group since 2008. The KLM Group on its turn is part of the Air France – KLM Group. Martinair started as a charter company and was founded by Martin Schröder. Martinair is now a cargo operator with its own maintenance base at Hangar 32 on Schiphol Oost. It operates 7 McDonnell Douglas MD-11’s and 6 Boeing B747-400’s. The focus will be on the MD-11 tri-jet in this thesis. Due to the entry in the KLM Group in 2008, changes have been made for synergy reasons to the Martinair organisation. Martinair Maintenance and Engineering is now focussing on becoming a Regional Jet Center. The maintenance on the Embraer E-190 of KLM Cityhopper will be the main part of the work. Due to the new focus of the Martinair maintenance and engineering department, the maintenance capacity for a MD-11 A-check will no longer be available. It is therefore chosen to outsource the MD-11 A-check from Martinair maintenance and engineering to KLM engineering and maintenance. The…
 

Reconfigurable Jig Tooling and In-Process Metrology for High Accuracy Prototype Compound Helicopter Wing Assembly

University of Nottingham-Richard J. Crossley
  • Technical Paper
  • 2019-01-1877
To be published on 2019-09-16 by SAE International in United States
This paper documents the potential use of reconfigurable reusable jig tooling based on the box-joint system for use in the assembly of a prototype compound helicopter wing. Due to the aircraft configuration the wing design is pinned at both ends and therefore requires a higher degree of accuracy (typically 0.2mm), over the 4m length, than conventional wings. In this paper the cost benefit of reusable tooling in a low volume prototype scenario is examined followed by the design of the jig and location features to enable accurate build and metrology documentation. A prototype 4m test jig comprising of commercially available components and bespoke machined ‘pick-ups’ is presented here. Hardware and measurement process cost modelling is documented along with results for the positional and hinge-line concentricity setting accuracy that was achieved using a laser tracking system. Subsequent measurements over a 24hr period are also discussed along with potential sources of the observed reduction in jig accuracy over time.
 

Line Side Equipment

Broetje-Automation Gmbh-Bertrand LAPORTE
  • Technical Paper
  • 2019-01-1879
To be published on 2019-09-16 by SAE International in United States
The aircraft production rate is now increasing and requires to keep the production tools as close as possible from the assembly work area. As production sites cannot be extended as much as the rate increases, this has created the need for developing innovative & efficient line side equipment, which fulfils storage capacity, ergonomical accessibility, easy handling & quick load unload performance for all aircraft part assemblies. This paper will focus on the development and the integration into the production on our innovative solutions on Line Side Equipment . The Line Side Equipment is custom designed and built for manual or semi-automated assembly lines. It offers a wide range of solutions such as dedicated storage areas, trolleys, easy acces, tool kits & smart cabinets.
 

Optimization of automated airframe assembly process on example of A350 S19 splice joint

Airbus SAS-Elodie Bonhomme, Pedro Montero-Sanjuan
SPbPU-Sergey Lupuleac, Julia Shinder, Maria Churilova, Nadezhda Zaitseva, Valeriia Khashba
  • Technical Paper
  • 2019-01-1882
To be published on 2019-09-16 by SAE International in United States
The paper presents the numerical approach to simulation and optimization of A350 S19 splice assembly process. The main goal is to reduce the number of installed temporary fasteners while preventing the gap between parts from opening during drilling stage. The numerical approach includes computation of residual gaps between parts, optimization of fastener pattern and validation of obtained solution on input data generated on the base of available measurements. The problem is solved with ASRP (Assembly Simulation of Riveting Process) software. The described methodology is applied to the optimization of the robotized assembly process for A350 S19 section.
 

Statistical Process Control combined with a digital datalake usage is a scalable & automatisable mean to help for civil aircraft production rate increase

Project Management-Bernard Pierre RIBERE
  • Technical Paper
  • 2019-01-1881
To be published on 2019-09-16 by SAE International in United States
Aeronautical Industry faces several key challenges as far as the transport of passengers requires more and more vehicles every year. In the area of air transport, civil aircraft deliveries and in service availability have reached in the past year numbers which were not expected at the moment when the production and support industry were built. Talking about manufacturing of civil aircrafts, it is then needed to think about adapting the currently existing systems to be able to cope with the challenges as far as rate of production and recurring costs are concerned. Airbus plans to regularly, on a smooth mode, accelerate its production system to fulfil market’s expectations, securing in the same time both the safety and the quality of our aircrafts. On another hand, the digital revolution which is in application within Airbus provides with solutions of data storage, sorting and analysis, with purpose of contributing in a more adequate usage of information that each and every aircraft that Airbus manufactures may carry with himself, whatever during its manufacturing as well as its in…