Sharklet Brings New Technology to Electroimpact E4000 LVER Machine

Paper #:
  • 2012-01-1853

Published:
  • 2012-09-10
DOI:
  • 10.4271/2012-01-1853
Citation:
Boad, C. and Haworth, P., "Sharklet Brings New Technology to Electroimpact E4000 LVER Machine," SAE Technical Paper 2012-01-1853, 2012, https://doi.org/10.4271/2012-01-1853.
Pages:
10
Abstract:
Electroimpact's E4000 LVER riveting machine entered service in 1998 assembling A320/A321 upper wing panels at the Airbus wing manufacturing facility in Broughton, Wales. Airbus's recent introduction of the Sharklet modification to the wings of the A320 family of aircraft necessitated a number of changes to the machine and fixture to accommodate the revised wing geometry. Electroimpact and Airbus also worked together to identify a wide range of machine improvements and updates. A short list of the changes made to the machine includes a new CNC, new motors, scales, spindles, and new technologies such as laser tracers and normality sensors. The end result is a faster, more accurate machine with state-of-the-art controls ready to support Airbus's A320/321 wing panel assembly for the next 15 years.
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