Measurement assisted assembly for high accuracy aerospace manufacturing

Drouot, Adrien and Zhao, Ran and Irving, Lucas and Sanderson, David and Ratchev, Svetan (2018) Measurement assisted assembly for high accuracy aerospace manufacturing. In: 16th IFAC Symposium on Information Control Problems in Manufacturing (INCOM 2018), 11-13 June 2018, Bergamo, Italy.

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Abstract

Measurement Assisted Assembly is a key concept for the modernisation of aerospace assembly processes, i.e. improving their efficiency while reducing the manufacturing costs. This concept suggests a paradigm shift in the assembly of high-complexity products as it encompasses the development and the use of robotics solutions smartly integrated with innovative measurement technologies. Expected outcomes are, among others, a better positioning accuracy of the components and a significant reduction of the rectification and rework requirements that are usually common with traditional assembly processes, especially but not limited to aerospace manufacturing. To achieve these objectives, a high precision metrology system that automatically inspects and corrects the pose of the robotic manipulators during the assembly operations is of great importance. In this paper, a high-accuracy real-life application of the concept of Measurement Assisted Assembly is presented as a part of the Future Automated Aircraft Assembly Demonstrator developed by the University of Nottingham. Experimentations have shown that, using the production environment described hereafter, a positioning accuracy better than +- 0.1 mm can be achieved for large airframe components.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
RIS ID: https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/937182
Keywords: Intelligent Manufacturing Systems, Flexible Manufacturing Systems, Agile Manufacturing, Industrial Robots, Assembly Robots, Positioning Systems, Accuracy
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Engineering
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2018 09:58
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 19:40
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/51203

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