This page contains a Flash digital edition of a book.
AEROSPACE AUTOMATION Testimonial_Ad_3.375 x 4.875.qxp_Layout 1 1/29/15 10:24 AM Page 1


complete manufacturing cell. We are able to help aerospace customers complete entire processes to achieve a completed product,” said Michael Bell, Fastems director, operations. As an example, Bell offered the case of a major aerospace contractor currently manufacturing 20-m long carbon-fiber com- ponents that need to be layered by hand, then moved to a ma- chining process before going through an automated measure- ment process. After machining, the parts have some secondary profiles added to the machined workpiece, then go through a wash cycle and back to automated measurement without being removed from the machining pallet. “This was unheard of even five years ago,” Bell said. “Now these types of operations take place on most new system designs.” Many of Fastems aerospace customers are looking for help solving problems in hard metal machining automation for large components, Bell said. “Fastems can integrate machining centers no matter how large the raw materials and workpieces. Another challenge we are solving is multi- process machining without removal from fixtures, helping


Don’t take our word for it! Listen to what our customers say about TrunnionTable.com:





The trunnion tables square


themselves up almost automatically. It’s really easy to set them up and they’re


very solid and well-built.





We feel we have the right machines processing the right parts, and it was all made possible by a $3,650


trunnion table. “


Purchasing the vertical


machine with the trunnion table saved us between $50K and $60K on new machine costs alone. On top of that, we’ve cut per-part cycle times in half while freeing our operators to handle


more than one machine.


Visit www.trunniontable.com or call 859-727-9900 to see how a new trunnion table can transform your business.


82 AdvancedManufacturing.org | April 2015


customers maintain proprietary processes without handling the machined components between operations.”


Moving Massive Parts Making aircraft production rates also means eliminat- ing some of the large monument fixtures and minimizing the time-consuming crane moves often required with large airframes. With the latest automated guided vehicles (AGV) from automation developer Fori Automation Inc. (Shelby Township, MI), aircraft builders can lower costs associated with delays for crane moves, while gaining precision posi- tioning with new servo-controlled AGVs, which also include auto-leveling technology that helps ensure accuracy. “What they’re really looking for is flexible automation,” said Martin Erni, director, business development, Fori Auto- mation. “For drill and fill, there’s been super-large fixed cells, but in the future, it’ll be more a flexible line. Whoever builds the drill and fill equipment will have to either be flexible or get out of the way.” With its flexible AGVs, Fori typically handles transporta- tion of the drill units. “Instead of the monuments, they’re now switching to autonomous vehicles,” Erni said. “It is very practical to move the robot along the wing.” Robots mounted on Fori’s AGVs are able to hold the high


precision required on drilling applications, said Paul Meloche, Fori’s vice president, sales. “It’s better to move the equipment to the part, just because of precision,” Meloche said. These AGVs have locking and docking anchors, and are equipped with Fori’s precision motion control using the company’s controls and encoders with its drive and steer systems, he added. “We can be accurate to ±3 mm,” he said, “with a 40–50' [12.2–15.2-m] workpiece.” With increased requirements for positioning, the AGVs have floor bushings that increase the accuracy to 0.005" (0.127 mm) and allow auto-leveling the platform, Erni said. The company has provided such systems for Brown Aero- space, supplying aircraft built by Spirit AeroSystems. These systems transport large workpieces weighing as much as 110,000 lb (49,500 kg), moving it between stages of manu- facturing including to and from autoclaves. “Prior to using this, it would have been a very time-consuming process with an overhead crane,” Erni said.


Forging Better Blades


A new forging cell developed by Schuler Inc. (Canton, MI) and Schuler Pressen (Weingarten, Germany) features





“ “


Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68  |  Page 69  |  Page 70  |  Page 71  |  Page 72  |  Page 73  |  Page 74  |  Page 75  |  Page 76  |  Page 77  |  Page 78  |  Page 79  |  Page 80  |  Page 81  |  Page 82  |  Page 83  |  Page 84  |  Page 85  |  Page 86  |  Page 87  |  Page 88  |  Page 89  |  Page 90  |  Page 91  |  Page 92  |  Page 93  |  Page 94  |  Page 95  |  Page 96  |  Page 97  |  Page 98  |  Page 99  |  Page 100  |  Page 101  |  Page 102  |  Page 103  |  Page 104  |  Page 105  |  Page 106  |  Page 107  |  Page 108  |  Page 109  |  Page 110  |  Page 111  |  Page 112  |  Page 113  |  Page 114  |  Page 115  |  Page 116  |  Page 117  |  Page 118  |  Page 119  |  Page 120  |  Page 121  |  Page 122  |  Page 123  |  Page 124  |  Page 125  |  Page 126  |  Page 127  |  Page 128  |  Page 129  |  Page 130  |  Page 131  |  Page 132  |  Page 133  |  Page 134  |  Page 135  |  Page 136  |  Page 137  |  Page 138  |  Page 139  |  Page 140  |  Page 141  |  Page 142  |  Page 143  |  Page 144  |  Page 145  |  Page 146  |  Page 147  |  Page 148  |  Page 149  |  Page 150  |  Page 151  |  Page 152  |  Page 153  |  Page 154  |  Page 155  |  Page 156  |  Page 157  |  Page 158  |  Page 159  |  Page 160  |  Page 161  |  Page 162  |  Page 163  |  Page 164  |  Page 165  |  Page 166  |  Page 167  |  Page 168  |  Page 169  |  Page 170  |  Page 171  |  Page 172  |  Page 173  |  Page 174  |  Page 175  |  Page 176  |  Page 177  |  Page 178  |  Page 179  |  Page 180  |  Page 181  |  Page 182  |  Page 183  |  Page 184  |  Page 185  |  Page 186  |  Page 187  |  Page 188  |  Page 189  |  Page 190  |  Page 191  |  Page 192  |  Page 193  |  Page 194  |  Page 195  |  Page 196  |  Page 197  |  Page 198  |  Page 199  |  Page 200  |  Page 201  |  Page 202  |  Page 203  |  Page 204  |  Page 205  |  Page 206  |  Page 207  |  Page 208  |  Page 209  |  Page 210  |  Page 211  |  Page 212  |  Page 213  |  Page 214  |  Page 215  |  Page 216  |  Page 217  |  Page 218  |  Page 219  |  Page 220  |  Page 221  |  Page 222  |  Page 223  |  Page 224  |  Page 225  |  Page 226  |  Page 227  |  Page 228  |  Page 229  |  Page 230  |  Page 231  |  Page 232