Browse Publications Technical Papers 1999-01-3426
1999-10-06

Once-Up / One-Pass Drilling Process, C-17 Cargo Ramp Skin Assembly 1999-01-3426

As an ongoing effort to achieve affordability goals and obtain additional aircraft orders, the C-17 program has developed and implemented a once-up / one-pass drilling process for the C-17 Cargo Ramp center skin to frame assembly operation. Traditionally, the aircraft assembly build process consists of the following steps: part assembly, multi-pass hole drilling, part disassembly, hole deburring, fay sealing, part re-assembly, and fastener installation. The once-up / one-pass drilling process reduces this sequence to: fay sealing, part assembly, one-pass hole drilling, and fastener installation. The new process will provide a significant recurring cost savings and cycle time reduction to the program by eliminating the labor and time-intensive efforts of disassembling, deburring, and re-assembling a skin panel 230 inches by 80 inches in size. This once-up / one-pass process has been achieved through a combination of assembly sequence changes, clamping method development, and drill motor / cutter system design.

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