Parallel Kinematics Assisted Aircraft Assembly (PKAAA)
Dr. Yan Jin
Aerospace manufacturers are looking for flexible agile automated solution for aircraft assembly. Conventional large dedicated equipments are expensive and inflexible, and they are not sustainable to meet increasing customer demand today. Industrial robots can provide the required flexibility but cannot offer enough stiffness and accuracy. Recent research shows that parallel kinematic machines (PKMs) have the potential to provide the flexible and cost effective solution to aircraft assembly. The PKAAA project studied design, manufacturing and installation of one PKM machine (named Exechon) for automated wing assembly. Experiments showed that PKM based manufacturing systems are suitable for high precision manufacturing tasks in aerospace industry. An effective integration solution was developed and validated through real-life industrial examples.
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- Y. Jin et al. “Kinematic Analysis of a New Over-constraint Parallel Kinematic Machine”, IFtoMM Congress 2011, Mexico, 20 – 25 June.
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