Every day, aerospace manufacturers construct some of the most cutting-edge tools ever created by humanity. And if you were to ask the average consumer to describe an airplane assembly line, they would probably use language similar to that used to describe a car factory. At the moment though, the production of airplanes is much less mechanized than the production of automobiles.
There are a number of factors that have contributed to the aircraft industry's present lack of automation. Many highly educated people can be found working for aircraft manufacturers. Aerospace companies frequently employ tried-and-true processes because of stringent regulatory and safety standards. Automation is a novel concept in the aerospace sector, but this is changing as new uses are found for robotics and their reliability improves.
The drilling and riveting required to construct an airplane is a particularly laborious step in the process. To prepare for riveting and secure buildings, robotics are increasingly being utilized to drill the holes. When using these robots, engineers can skip over certain jigs because they are outfitted with vision systems. The robots independently locate the target locations and produce consistent, reliable outcomes.
Sealants can be difficult for humans to apply to big aircraft components. It can be difficult to construct secure scaffolding in time to apply sealants to inaccessible places and ensure adequate adhesion. However, robot arms can extend to great heights, allowing them to reach out and above substantial airplane parts. This aids in preventing harm to people and producing high-quality outcomes.
People may weld massive components, such as those found in motors and turbines. In many cases, the welding of a single component requires the efforts of multiple welders. Certain other parts are crafted from rare and unusual metals. Welding titanium with nickel-alloy requires a high level of care and caution. The welding speed and quality of automated solutions are both improved.
When compared to other industries, the aerospace sector invests significantly more money on quality control inspections due to the stringent safety rules that must be met. Rapid, precise, and non-destructive inspection techniques are now possible thanks to robots. Evidence of delamination, foreign objects, fissures in materials, and fastening flaws that could lead to a disaster can be easily detected using automated solutions.
Because of space constraints, aircraft makers must frequently relocate big components. With robots, production facilities may relocate components without putting workers in danger. With the help of their vision systems and other sensors, these huge, automated transportation robots can quickly move components even when human employees are present.