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Distributor's Link Magazine Fall Issue 2014


64 THE DISTRIBUTOR’S LINK By John Wolz ROBOTS TO REPLACE MACHINISTS INSTALLING FASTENERS ON BOEING 777s and 737s Boeing is turing to advanced robotics to assemble fuselages, replacing machinists with robots for much of the fastener work. Robots will soon drill and fill about 60,000 fasteners on Boeing's 777 and 737 models. For the 777, the aerospace giant is in the final phases of testing a new method for assembling fuselages. Known as the Fuselage Automated Upright Build, or FAUB, this new technology will enable fuselage sections to be built using guided robots that will fasten the panels of the fuselage together, drilling and filling the more than approximately 60,000 fasteners that are currently installed by hand in Everett, WA. FAUB, which has been in development since 2012, improves workplace safety and increases product quality, according to Boeing. In addition, the automated system is expected to reduce build times and improve first-time quality. "This is the first time such technology will be used by Boeing to manufacture wide-body commercial airplanes," said Elizabeth Lund, vice president and general manager, 777 program and Everett site, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. The 777 program has already begun testing FAUB at a facility in Anacortes, WA. The system will be installed in Everett in a new portion of the main factory that is under construction now. The robotic system, designed for Boeing by KUKA Systems, is the latest in a series of strategic Advanced Manufacturing moves on the 777 program, which have already included new systems for painting wings and other drilling operations. For the 737, Boeing plans to convert a 737 assembly function to an automated process in order to ramp up production capacity, according to Made by the US-based Electroimpact company, the panel assembly line (PAL) machines will fasten stringers to wing skin panels, installing fasteners at twice the speed of machinists now performing the work. The machines are being installed on Boeing's production line in Renton, WA. "Boeing expects the machines to deliver several benefits once they are installed and operational, including reducing flow times by one-third, defects by two-thirds, footprint by half and injuries to workers by half," stated 737 operations director Elizabeth Schryer. Once fully operational, Boeing will have the capacity to build more than 60 wing sets per month in Renton, although production rates are not planned to exceed 47, according to A decade ago Boeing's production rate for 737s was less than 20 per month.

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