Next Generation Composite Wing Drilling Machine for Vertical Builds

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  • 2011-01-2613

Published:
  • 2011-10-18
Citation:
Peck, J. and Massey, K., "Next Generation Composite Wing Drilling Machine for Vertical Builds," SAE Technical Paper 2011-01-2613, 2011, https://doi.org/10.4271/2011-01-2613.
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Growing use of composite materials in aircraft wing construction requires a new generation of drilling machines. Electroimpact developed the LTD machine to address the specific needs posed by large scale composite wing box assembly. The machine maximizes the efficacy of blind access to create a single sided assembly process. Innovative design greatly reduces machine weight and foundation requirements. Optimized processes and automation tools increase the drilling capacity. The mobile machine maximizes plant flexibility by carrying out work on both wing surfaces across multiple assembly jigs. Through thoughtful engineering and thoroughly developed processes the LTD presents a highly capable and cost efficient solution for composite wing box drilling automation.
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