1998-09-15

Ultralight Intercostal Automatic Fastening System 982148

A high level directive is in place at the St. Louis facility to increase the use of automation in our assembly processes. Likewise, the C-17 program has implemented a series of cost reduction initiatives. In line with these initiatives we have been implementing automatic fastening equipment into a variety of non-traditional applications. The C-17 Cargo Door Intercostals can easily be described as “non-traditional” and represent unique challenges for automatic fastening.
The concept for The Intercostal Riveter uses proven drill and riveting techniques. However, it has miniaturized components and will be utilized like a portable power tool. Manipulated by a single operator, it will be maneuvered around and throughout the C-17 Cargo Door Assembly Jig. It is ultra-lightweight and will have a C-Frame constructed from carbon-epoxy composite material.

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