The jig, which can be used in a simple standard assembly jig or a fully robotic solution, meets the new rate increase for NEO converted aircraft and comes with a host of benefits.
The jig structures have been designed to take all the robotic drilling and fastening loads. The staging element of the jig is a fully automated/interlocked system with a high level of safety interfaces/equipment applied. They also ensure that expansion and contraction compared to the component is no longer an issue, and come with an inbuilt jig crane to remove the constant need for the overhead systems. The robot is independent to the jig structure and manipulated on a simple trolley, guided via cam rollers which run around on a track.
AIM Engineering carried out all civils works, electrical/PLC systems installation and full manufacture of the jig structures including welding, turning and milling assembly.
Mark Franckel, Arlington Industries Group CEO, said: "The design, development and manufacture of our new generation wing assembly jig is something in which we take great pride. We’re pleased to meet the new rate increase for NEO converted aircraft, and helping our customers achieve greater success.”