manufacturing process capability, and allocation of tolerances and datums for jigless assembly, the definition of assembly features needs to be clarified and. Aerospace Manufacture’ (JAM) project which was set-up to investigate and development of a methodology to design for jigless assembly and a process of. Jigless Aerospace Manufacture-The Enabling Technologies The shear size and flexibility of the larger airframe parts makes it.

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Sener Ingenieria y Sistemas United Kingdom: Corbett, Professor J Other Investigators: Fundamental exploration of digitally adjustable tooling using multi-point forming methodology for forming and fabrication.

This allows every part to fit together and saves [on] costs and time. Performance Improvement for Vehicles on Track. Delfoi Robotics is the world leader in the field of welding, which made them an obvious choice of supplier. Final Annual Project Report Final report. WP 1 – Technology manufacturnig and targets specification WP 2 – Research of adjustable multi-point tooling technology WP2 aimed to study the fundamentals of MPF methodology and explore the capabilities of flexible fabrication tooling technology for aircraft panels.

Paramount Group executive chairperson Ivor Ichikowitz said the project was an excellent reflection of the capabilities of the South African engineering fraternity.

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Summary on Grant Application Form. Volvo Construction Equipment wants to move away from this by introducing a new type of robotization. The increasing digitalization and automation will lead us to a significant change of the transport Sch of Industrial and Manufacturing Scie Organisation: This will lead to the development of an adjustable multi-point tooling compositing punch matrices to replace the solid dies or hard tooling. There, Delfoi Robotics’s offline programming system plays a key role.

The research seeks to develop methodologies, software tools, and to exploit technological advances in robotic and measurement technology to build an environment for enabling jigless assembly of Aerostructures.

Potential use in non-academic contexts. In particular, DATAFORM aspired to enable rapid, flexible and cost-effective forming of skin panels in aircrafts with digitally adjustable multi-point tooling. Offline programmimg Offline programming means that the robots are programmed in a computer environment without disturbing the process. South African aerospace company Aerosud was subcontracted by Ahrlac Holdings to develop the aircraft, which Potgieter noted was designed to meet the diverse needs of homeland security, such as airborne and electronic surveillance, and advanced combat training.


The industrial and scientific breakthrough objectives of the project were:.

A locally designed and built aircraft has entered the ground-testing phase at Wonderboom Airport, in Pretoria, marking a significant milestone for South Africa-based defence solutions business Paramount Group. A theoretical analysis on the mechanism of MPF was carried out for dieless forming applications. WP 4 – Integration and validation WP4 aimed to integrate the developed hardware and software components into a DATAFORM tooling system ready for validation and its full functions, and to test jihless optimise the developed digitally adjustable multi-point tooling, and validate the flexible tooling with different materials for different applications.

This reduces the number of production stops and reduces production costs.

He added that peripheral applications for the Ahrlac were continuously being found. Paramount Group had also invested in one of only two of the jjigless measuring machine facilities in the world for its manufacturing process. To advertise email advertising creamermedia. The planning, observation and steering of urban mobility is growing ever more complex due to This will lead to an innovative analysis and optimisation process, the automatic control of punches and quick adaptation to component design or engineering changes.

Development jigleds implementation of digitally adjustable multi-point tooling and techniques in the manufacture of aircraft products. The industrial and scientific breakthrough objectives of the project were: These production aspects included composite stations, machining from billets and sheet metal, manufacturing of most of the visible wing and tail parts, as well as protoshop and pipe bending.

There were four main end results: This information can now be found on Gateway to Research GtR http: Two prototypes of dieless stretch forming tooling and jigless positioning tooling with punch matrices were developed. Aerospace, Defence and Marine Related Grants: Manufacturing machines for Ahrlac were already on site at the Aerosud Innovation and Training Centre, in Centurion, where the production of the aircraft would take place.


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It often requires access to custom machines, jigs and fixtures that are not used for some time or that take a long time to change, which is costs intensive. Ahrlac was digitally manufactured using design-for-manufacture, paperless digital manufacturing concepts, advanced metrology and high-speed computer numerically controlled machinery.

A dedicated construction area for various aspects jiglfss production has been set up.

The work involves definition of the role of tooling within the assembly environment and kigless inter-relationships between product design, manufacture and assembly characteristics. It can carry a comprehensive weapons suite for specific mission applications as well as physically and electronically integrate equipment in a plug-and-play manner.

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WP2 also studied in mnaufacturing the use of the adjustable multi-point tooling technology for the procedures of joining, measurement or assembly of aircraft panels, in particular on procedures for surface positioning and non-contact measurement.

The collaborative research involves 5 academic institutions and five major aerospace companies. If the pilot project goes well, the plan is to apply the same manufacturing principle to more products and other Volvo CE plants. To subscribe email subscriptions creamermedia. Comau U K Ltd. Sectors submitted by the Researcher. Delfoi Robotics Delfoi Planner.

The assembly of Manufcaturing began in January, with the first engine-start of the prototype taking place in March and early taxi trials in May, revealed Ahrlac programme leader Paul Potgieter at a media briefing last week.

The main advantageous features of DATAFORM were rapid, universal, and cost-effective with high flexibility compared with present hard fabrication tooling. A common demonstrator will be used for validating the research results.