Measurement Assisted Assembly and the Roadmap to Part-To-Part Assembly

Jody E Muelaner, Amir Kayani, Oliver Martin, Paul Maropoulos

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Cycle times and production costs remain high in aerospace assembly processes largely due to extensive reworking within the assembly jig. Other industries replaced these craft based processes with part-to-part assembly facilitated by interchangeable parts. Due to very demanding interface tolerances and large flexible components it has not been possible to achieve the required interchangeability tolerances for most aerospace structures. Measurement assisted assembly processes can however deliver many of the advantages of part-to-part assembly without requiring interchangeable parts. This paper reviews assembly concepts such as interface management, oneway assembly, interchangeability, part-to-part assembly, jigless assembly and determinate assembly. The relationship between these processes is then detailed and they are organized into a roadmap leading to part-to-part assembly.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2011
Event7th International Conference on Digital Enterprise Technology - Athens, Greece
Duration: 28 Sept 201130 Sept 2011


Conference7th International Conference on Digital Enterprise Technology


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