True Mobile/Portable Drilling & Machining, a Paradigm Shift in Manufacturing

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  • 2017-01-2084

Published:
  • 2017-09-19
Abstract:
True Mobile/Portable Drilling & Machining, a Paradigm Shift in Manufacturing The evolving Aerospace manufacturing environment has created challenges that until now, are not achievable with standard machine tools, large monumental gantry style machines, robots or even manually. The solution is a lightweight, portable, modular, mobile solution capable of machining to high tolerances, with minimal time and effort to relocate to a different area, and capable of machining a different part, or be reconfigured to machine in a different orientation…….at an affordable price. With the carbon fiber PKM mounted on the flexible mobile manufacturing stand, the module can be simply relocated using a standard fork lift to any area of the factory. The module can also be easily removed from the mobile platform and mounted in a desired location, in any orientation. It can also can be disassembled into modules, and reconstructed in an area, that is not typically accessible by machines or robots. The mobile machine tool eliminates special foundations, leveling of the machine prior to use, high accuracy fixtures, constant recalibration necessary for accurate robotic applications, laborious jig set up for manual operations, inconsistencies associated with manual drilling, and much more. As the manufacturing requirements of the Aerospace industry lead to greater flexibility and cost reduction, the limitations of the machine tool and robotic industries become more exposed. A lightweight, portable, modular, accurate and mobile machine tool / robot provides the revolutionary solution for many applications, while paving the way for a paradigm shift in manufacturing.
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