The expected outcome of LOCOMACHS will be driven in terms of time, cost, quality savings and their assessment and trade-off against existing processes and designs. The main LOCOMACHS results will be:
- A set of design and manufacturing rules to take full account of the assembly constraints in the design phase of product development leading to more accurate parts and less structural joints.
- Manufacturing and assembly trials showing feasibility of individual process improvements, such as curing, cobonding, shimming, drilling, fastening, sealing and inspection.
- Physical demonstrations of integrated technologies to show improvements in manufacturing processes and new assembly architecture concepts to avoid using non-added value operations in assembly processes. These demonstrations will be centred around two physical demonstrators:
- Lean Assembled Wing Box (LAWiB) demonstrator
- More Integrated Wing Box (MIWiB) demonstrator
The demonstrators will highlight the combined use of technologies and processes and will be compared to existing composite designs and assemblies.
- Virtual demonstrations of integrated technologies to improve new design related processes. This will be performed on two demonstrator designs:
- the Lean Assembled Wing Box demonstrator (LAWiB)
- the Reference Fuselage demonstrator (ReFus).
The results will be verified and demonstrated through the design improvements made to the physical LAWiB demonstrator.
- Virtual demonstration based on extrapolation of the technology feasibility test results to representative complex larger aircraft assembly units. This virtual demonstrator is:
- Reference Wingbox (ReWiB) demonstrator for virtual demonstration of lean manufacturing and assembly production flow (based on the design from a previous Bombardier wingbox demonstrator).