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TRENDS IN AEROSPACE ASSEMBLY: MEASUREMENT ASSISTED ASSEMBLY- MEASUREMENT DEVICES PROVIDING GUIDANCE FOR ASSEMBLY

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Final Assembly of Airbus 400M

In my last blog post, I talked about measurement assisted assembly (MAA). Measurement Assisted Assembly is a key operation for the reduction of time in aerospace assembly, which can account for as much as 40% of aircraft manufacturing costs. In this post I will present an interesting example of MAA: Assembly of aircraft through the guidance of measurement devices. Read More

TRENDS IN AEROSPACE ASSEMBLY: INTRODUCTION

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Aerospace assembly is the finest jewel among assembly applications. It presents a daunting and unique challenge: The assembly of very large structures to very close tolerances along with huge fastening and drilling operations.

Assembly can take up to as much as 40% of the total cost of manufacturing an airframe due to the labour and quality issues because of drilling thousands of holes per aircraft. Around 5% of the total manufacturing cost of an aircraft or 10% of the airframe cost is caused by the use of fixed tooling. Read More

Join us at AeroDef – a pre-show overview

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AeroDef Manufacturing Conference 2013

For those involved in Aerospace and Defense manufacturing, there will be an exciting conference March 19-21st in Long Beach California.  The 2nd AeroDef Manufacturing conference produced by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) has an executive committee sourced from some of the biggest names in the industry including Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, EADS and Boeing.  Keynotes will be delivered by: Read More

Airbus relies on Build!IT to reduce inspection cycle time by more than 80%

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Airbus assembly

Customer Profile

Airbus, one of the world’s leading aircraft manufacturers, consistently captures approximately half or more of all orders for airliners with more than 100 seats. The Airbus product line comprises of 14 aircraft models, ranging from the 100-seat single-aisle A318 jetliner to the 525-seat A380, which is the largest civil airliner in service. Under the Airbus Military Company, Airbus has developed the A400M multi-role airlifter, a military transport aircraft, which will replace ageing fleets of C-130 Hercules and C-160 Transalls. Read More