Achieving low cost and high quality aero structure assembly through integrated digital metrology systems

J. E. Muelaner*, O. C. Martin, P. G. Maropoulos

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Measurement assisted assembly (MAA) has the potential to facilitate a step change in assembly efficiency for large structures such as airframes through the reduction of rework, manually intensive processes and expensive monolithic assembly tooling. It is shown how MAA can enable rapid part-to-part assembly, increased use of flexible automation, traceable quality assurance and control, reduced structure weight and improved aerodynamic tolerances. These advances will require the development of automated networks of measurement instruments; model based thermal compensation, the automatic integration of 'live' measurement data into variation simulation and algorithms to generate cutting paths for predictive shimming and drilling processes. This paper sets out an architecture for digital systems which will enable this integrated approach to variation management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)688-693
Number of pages6
JournalProcedia CIRP
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jun 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event46th CIRP Conference on Manufacturing Systems, CIRP CMS 2013 - Setubal, Portugal
Duration: 29 May 201330 May 2013

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work has been carried out as part of the EPSRC, IdMRC at the Mechanical Engineering Department of the University of Bath, under grant No. EP/E00184X/1.


  • Assembly
  • MAA
  • Measurement assisted assembly

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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