1981. Automated Assembly of Complex Aircraft Structure


SAWE Members get a $200 store credit each year.*

Become a SAWE Member

*Store credit coupon available at checkout, click the button in your shopping cart to apply the coupon.
Not applicable to SAWE textbooks and current conference technical papers.


P Donohue, G Fisher, R Lt. Stauffer: 1981. Automated Assembly of Complex Aircraft Structure. 1991.



Grumman’s current step in automating airframe assembly–the Dual-Robot Assembly Cell — is described herein. The cell addresses multi-robot assembly of complex structures such as bulkheads, fuselage panels, floor decks, etc. Cell attributes include: close tolerance/high-load robots, generic fixturing, semi-structural part storage, ”smart” sensing (force and vision systems), intelligent controls, dual-robot configuration, and fastener support system. The cell has been integrated into Grumman’s overall factory business/technical management system. This represents a complete vertical slice from engineering (product definition) down to the shop floor.


SKU: Paper1981 Category: