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Flexible Fixtures with Low Cost and Short Lead Times
Linköping University, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Assembly technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
Aerostructures Saab AB.
2006 (English)Conference paper (Other academic)
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This paper presents preliminary result in a flexible fixture solution for airframe assembly comprising a modular steel framework called Box-joint and flexible tooling modules called Hexapods. The solution is comprises a framework that is screwed together instead of welding beams together, which enables re-building the framework when performing change-over in a more extensive reconfiguration. The Hexapods are parallel legged passive fixture stands that can change their configuration to facilitate easy setup in a change-over between handle different assemblies. A solution to configure the Hexapods manually is described. The investment cost can be kept low by using a metrology system to provide for high accuracy in the tool configuration process instead of using precision parts in the fixture system.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-37417DOI: 10.4271/2007-01-2125Local ID: 35606OAI: diva2:258266
Aerospace Manufacturing and Automated Fastening Conference & Exhibition, September 18-20, 2012 Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Available from: 2009-10-10 Created: 2009-10-10 Last updated: 2012-01-09Bibliographically approved

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