Flexible Automated Riveting and Assembly of Fuselage Skin Panels 2003-01-2954
This paper describes the current state of development of a highly flexible assembly and auto-riveting system based around multiple robots and compact and innovative riveting and assembly end-effectors. The riveting end-effectors are capable of drilling, countersinking, sealing and upsetting operations. The assembly end-effectors are re-configurable and can handle ant stringer or frame on a Bombardier Aerospace CRJ700 fuselage panel. The cell is also equipped with non-contact metrology systems that are used to compensate for compliance and remove the requirement for large and complex fixtures. The riveting system has been fully evaluated and a number of test coupons submitted for testing. Detailed analysis of these has proved that the resulting riveted joints are of production quality. The final system will be non-product specific allowing a single cell to produce a number of different aircraft components.