Use of Digital Manufacturing to Improve Management Learning in Aerospace Assembly

J. Butterfield, A. McClean, Yan Jin, R. Curran, R. Burke, Brian Welch, C. Devenny

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The primary goal of this work is to quantify any bene?ts that the use of digital manufacturing methods can offer when used upstream from production, for manufacturing process design, and tool development. Learning at this stage of product development is referred to as management learning. Animated build simulations have been used to develop build procedures and tooling for a panel assembly for the new Bombardier CRJ1000 (Canadair Regional Jet, 100 seat). When the jig format was developed, its simulated performance was compared to that of current CRJ700/900 panel builds to identify and quantify any improvements in terms of tooling cost and panel build time. When comparing like-for-like functions between existing CRJ700/900 (Canadair Regional Jet, 70/90 seat) and the
CRJ1000 tooling, it was predicted that the digitally assisted improvements had brought about a 4.9% reduction in jig cost. An evaluation of the build process for the CRJ1000 uplock panel predicted a 5.2% reduction in the assembly time. In addition to the improvement of existing tooling functions, new jig functionality was added so that both the drilling and riveting functions could be carried out in a single jig for the new RJ1000 panel.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberJournal impact factor: 0.7
Pages (from-to)315-322
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Aircraft
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering


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