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Measurement assisted assembly (MAA) has the potential to facilitate a step change in assembly efficiency for large structures such as airframes through the reduction of rework, manually intensive processes and expensive monolithic assembly tooling. It is shown how MAA can enable rapid part-to-part assembly, increased use of flexible automation, traceable quality assurance and control, reduced structure weight and improved aerodynamic tolerances. These advances will require the development of automated networks of measurement instruments; model based thermal compensation, the automatic integration of’live’ measurement data into variation simulation and algorithms to generate cutting paths for predictive shimming and drilling processes. This paper sets out an architecture for digital systems which will enable this integrated approach to variation management.
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|
|Event||46th CIRP Conference on Manufacturing Systems, CIRP CMS 2013 - Setubal, Portugal|
Duration: 29 May 2013 → 30 May 2013
Muelaner, J. E., Martin, O. C., & Maropoulos, P. G. (2013). Achieving low cost and high quality aero structure assembly through integrated digital metrology systems. Procedia CIRP, 7, 688-693. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.procir.2013.06.054