1990-10-01

Topase: Automation of Airbus Central Wing Subassembly 902049

Increased production requirements for the Airbus family of planes, caused Aerospatiales Aircraft Division at Nantes to implement a new automated system. Used for central wing box assembly, this system is called TOPASE. Value analysis was performed to optimize assembly and production schedules. A simulation was performed to identify resource allocation in all workshops based on schedule demand for A320, A330/340 and A321 assemblies. The fundamental principle of this system is to create a homogeneous production flow with no bottlenecks. At the same time, equipment utilization must be maximized to optimize production cost and provide acceptable profits. TOPASE today has a series of identical C.N.C. machines each capable of complete panel assembly in one operation. This includes installation of rivets, double headed slug rivets and two piece fasteners.

SAE MOBILUS

Subscribers can view annotate, and download all of SAE's content. Learn More »

Access SAE MOBILUS »

Members save up to 43% off list price.
Login to see discount.
Special Offer: With TechSelect, you decide what SAE Technical Papers you need, when you need them, and how much you want to pay.
X