State of the Art Mobile Robots Assembling New Corporate Jets

By: | September 17th, 2015

KUKA mobile robots

KUKA mobile robots (Image Courtesy

IndustryTap has written “Industrial Automation: At a Technological Watershed“, The $75 Billion Industrial Automation Electronics Market,” and “70% of High-Tech Firms are Experimenting with 3D Printers, Fueling 82% CAGR” about the burgeoning industrial automation market.

KUKA Systems Aerospace Group, experts in tooling and assembly of complex aircraft structures, has just announced an agreement to provide Gulfstream Aerospace Corp with assembly fixtures, wing boxes, and two state-of-the-art mobile robot platforms to help assemble Gulfstream’s newest corporate jets.

KUKA robots provide the following applications and processes:

  • Roboter Hemming
  • Laser Hybrid Welding
  • Laser Welding
  • Assembly
  • Friction Welding
  • Submerged Arc Welding
  • Roller Seam Welding
  • Laser Brazing
  • Friction Stir Welding
  • Bonding & Ceiling
  • Laser Cutting
  • Magnetarc Welding
  • Spot Welding
  • Arc Welding
  • Soldering
  • Plasma Welding
  • Human & Robot Collaboration
  • Sensitive Assembly

The robots will be configured for precision drilling and fastening in both metallic and nonmetallic materials. The following video shows a KUKA robot performing drilling and fastening tasks on a wing box demonstration unit.

Michael Cooney

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