Browse Publications Technical Papers 2003-01-2903
2003-09-08

The Design and Realisation of a Flexible Rapid Assembly Aero-Structure Manufacturing Cell – A Simulation Driven Approach 2003-01-2903

The use of simulation is a recognised part of the design process for automated systems and this has been particularly so in the development of the very large machines used in aero-structure manufacture. As part of an ongoing research project at the University of Nottingham a flexible rapid assembly cell is currently being developed that will be capable of manufacturing a number of different aero-structure sub-assemblies. The individual technologies required such as riveting, drilling and assembly have been developed and the complete cell is now being realised. A key enabler for the realisation of the cell has been the use of simulation, both in the development stage and as a central component of the operating and programming systems. This paper will describe the application of simulation techniques within the cell and during its design.

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