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Development of geolocation system for machines and tooling in aerospace manufacturing environment 2019-01-1902

Outdoor geolocation has been widely implemented and enhanced by using the Global Positioning System. However, the inefficiency of this technology for indoor geolocation purposes has required the development of new solutions. As part of a global digitalisation strategy, the geolocation and tracking of drilling machines, tooling and jigs is a real challenge for Airbus in manufacturing environments. By understanding the current practices in Airbus Broughton factory and analysing current uses of indoor geolocation technologies, this paper aims to develop a geolocation system for machines and tooling and to consider its benefits and issues from both operational and financial views. The successful deployment of geolocation technology relies on a robust system with high accuracy and reliability in data transmission. The benefits for future manufacturing and supply chain improvements, as well as quality enhancement and cost reduction, will highly contribute to operations traceability and to the development of the next generation of aircraft.


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