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Jig Inspection with BuildIT’s GD&T Module

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In this workflow, the laser tracker measures the part and BuildIT performs an automatic evaluation of inspection performance according to the GD&T standards as defined by ASME.

Jig, Tool Building and Assembly using BuildIT

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Metrology assisted assembly, as well as jig and tool building, are used extensively in the aerospace and automotive industries. BuildIT can help streamline these workflows by offering all of the necessary tools:
– real-time inspection capabilities,
– network bundling for large part inspection
– and flexible reporting tools. Read More

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

Gulfstream Provides Top-Flight Quality with Build!IT Software

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Gulfstream Fuselage Assembly

A transition to digital assembly

Like many aircraft manufacturers, Gulfstream had long used full scale master tool models to manually craft and build their business jets. However, as technology advanced there was a shift toward digital engineering and manufacturing, including automated assembly by robotic riveting machines. Having relied in the past on physical tools for the skin panel assemblies, Gulfstream did not have the digital models needed to produce a numerical control programming to drive the automated riveting system. In order to evolve to the new process, they would need to reverse engineer the legacy white masters, create precise 3D CAD models then insert these models into the engineering design system for automated assembly. The process benefited from a combination of portable measurement devices and Build!IT software. Read More

BAE Standardizes on Build!IT to Manufacture the Joint Strike Fighter

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BAE Aft Port Side Fuselage

Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) is an international program to build a common fighter aircraft that meets the combined needs of the US Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps, as well as the UK’s Royal Air Force and Royal Navy. Lockheed Martin leads the charge in cooperation with BAE SYSTEMS and Northrop Grumman to engineer and deliver an F-35 aircraft that meets the unique requirements of all partners. Each manufacturer has their own role in the development of the aircraft. BAE SYSTEMS Samlesbury is responsible for the design and assembly of the aft fuselage and tails of the aircraft. Read More

Build!IT helps Aircraft Tooling and Design Group Grow its Business

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Final Inspection

Pride in workmanship and personal involvement are the credos of Aircraft Tooling and Design Group. What seem like simple business principles have propelled this small, central Florida-based company to become a valuable part of the supply chain for aircraft manufacturers such as Boeing, Lockheed and Sikorsky. In just over two years this busy production facility has produced hundreds of master tools. Read More