Determining the Economic Application Point for Assembly Automation Technology 2000-01-3029
The economic determination to introduce automated/mechanized operations into the airframe assembly process is complex. Any one or all of the primary elements associated with airframe assembly requires that the current process of placing, drilling, countersinking, sealing and fastening parts by hand be compared with the economic value of changing to automation. A systematic cost analysis will be used to identify the equilibrium point where value is added by inserting automation technology into the airframe assembly manufacturing process. Components will be defined and utilized to provide the resource boundary, production possibility frontier, demand curve, elasticity of demand and the cross elasticity of demand for substitutes between hand drilling and automation.