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Low Voltage Electromagnetic Lockbolt Installation

Abstract British Aerospace, Airbus Ltd., Chester, UK manufactures the main wing box assembly for all current Airbus programs. Titanium interference fasteners are used in large numbers throughout these aircraft structures. On the lower wing skin of the A320 alone there are approximately 11,000 of this fastener type. Currently, the majority of these fasteners are manually installed using pneumatic or hydraulic tooling. British Aerospace engineers recognized the significant potential which automation offers to reduce these current labor intensive installation methods. Electroimpact proposed extending Low Voltage Electromagnetic Riveter (LVER) technology to the automatic installation of these interference fasteners as well as rivets. Close liaison between Airbus and Electroimpact engineers resulted in the development of an automated LVER based lockbolt installation system, which is currently undergoing evaluation.
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A Flexible Development System for Automated Aircraft Assembly

McDonnell Douglas Aircraft in St. Louis, MO manufacturers various transport and fighter military aircraft such as the C-17 and the F/A-18. With shrinking military budgets and increased competition, market forces demand high quality parts at lower cost and shorter lead times. Currently, a large number of different fastener types which include both solid rivets and interference bolts are used to fasten these assemblies. The majority of these fasteners are installed by hand or by using manually operated C-Frame riveters. MDA engineers recognized that in order to reach their goals they would be required to rethink all phases of the assembly system, which includes fastener selection, part fixturing and fastener installation methods. Phase 1 of this program is to identify and to develop fastener installation processes which will provide the required flexibility. The EMR fastening process provides this flexibility.
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One Piece Barrel Fastening

Kawasaki Heavy Industries (Nagoya, Japan) designs and builds the fuselage barrel section #43 of Boeing's 787 Dreamliner. The one-piece-barrel (OPB) fuselage design offered a new challenge to fastening equipment assembly cells. Using conventional methods, a fastening machine built around the roughly 6 meter diameter barrel would be very large, heavy, slow and inaccurate. The solution was to use Electroimpact's EMR technology on two smaller independent post machines with a reduced working envelope offering better speed, reliability and still maintaining the high accuracies required. Optimizing the working envelope and using EMR technology were pivotal factors in achieving the positioning accuracies required for a reliable fastening process that is maintainable in a production environment and increased access to fastener locations.