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.More
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Today’s aeronautics industry has seen an important increase in non-added value operations, with the increased use of composite and hybrid materials in assembly. In the design and parts manufacturing phase, each interface between the parts must be designed with gaps & steps to cope with the geometrical variations created during the parts manufacture. During the assembly of parts, industry still uses conventional tailor-made tooling which allows for little flexibility. Drilling operations often require additional dismantling and cleaning operations, which can be complicated and time consuming especially for large parts. Inspection is often performed away from the production line, creating extra handling requirements. Shimming is often used to compensate for the gaps & steps created by the parts geometrical variation. Regarding liquid shimming long cure times are required during which the part is immobilised. Shimming is thereby often a bottleneck in the assembly workflow. All of these constraints which currently exist indicate that it is difficult to envisage a more lean way of working.