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LOCOMACHS featured in Clean Sky's Skyline magazine

Maria Weiland was invited to present LOCOMACHS in the March edition 2016 (n°18) of Clean Sky's Skyline magazine. The article can be found on page 9.


Variation Simulation During Assembly of Non-rigid Components. Realistic Assembly Simulation with ANATOLEFLEX Software
14th CIRP CAT 2016 - CIRP Conference on Computer Aided Tolerancing


LOCOMACHS focus on significantly reducing or totally eliminating the most time consuming and hence expensive non-added value operations, i.e. temporary assembly to check gaps, shimming, dismantling and tool handling.

The project will improve the design conditions which today strongly dictate the way part manufacturing and assembly is performed. Important step changes will be made by dramatically improving the use of tolerance and geometrical variation management.

The following scientific and technical objectives have been defined for the project:

  • Define and validate a set of design and manufacturing rules for more complex structural parts.
  • Fully integrate geometrical tolerance and variation management in a representative airframe assembled wingbox structure.
  • Reduce by 50% the recurring costs  of non-added value shimming operations in structural joints
  • Reduce by 30% the recurring costs of non-added value dismantling operations
  • Increase the level of automation related to part joining operations
  • Reduce the NDI/NDT lead time by 30% during manufacturing and assembly of composite structural parts using innovative NDI/NDT technologies.

 LOCOMACHS RTD activities to reduce and eliminate non-added value operations