Utilizing an In-Process Automatic Tool Change for Drilling and Reaming Large Diameter Holes

Paper #:
  • 2011-01-2532

Published:
  • 2011-10-18
Citation:
Ehinger, P., "Utilizing an In-Process Automatic Tool Change for Drilling and Reaming Large Diameter Holes," SAE Int. J. Aerosp. 4(2):779-784, 2011, https://doi.org/10.4271/2011-01-2532.
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Abstract:
A drill/ream cycle is necessary to produce high quality, large diameter holes in carbon-titanium stacks. Manual tool changes and traditional automatic tool changers limit hole-to-hole cycle times and hole quality. An in-process tool changer, mounted directly on the machine head, replaces a cutting tool with a reaming tool while clamp-up is maintained on the aircraft panel. By reducing or eliminating operator intervention, machine-axis moves, and optical resynchronization, an in-process automatic tool changer shortens cycle time, improves hole quality, and increases positional accuracy of holes. Automating this process also reduces risk of harm to the operator and aircraft structure.
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