1986-10-01

Automated Trimming of Composite Panels 861625

An automated system has been developed to net trim large composite panels for the aerospace industry. This system integrates specially developed abrasive water jet cutting equipment with a six-axis gantry robot to perform complex contour trimming of panel edges and integral stiffener blades. An IBM industrial PC/AT acts as a cell controller, handling communication between the other equipment controllers and the mainframe computer where offline programming is performed.

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