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Robotic drilling cell on GKN Aerospace's moving assembly line for the A350XWB wing spar and trailing edge assembly

GKN Aerospace selects Brotje to provide state of the art automated assembly equipment for A350XWB wing structures.

GKN Aerospace has awarded a contract to Brotje Automation of Germany to supply an advanced 'moving line' assembly system. This contract requires Brotje to provide a complete turnkey solution for the automated 'moving line' assembly of the A350XWB wing trailing edge (WTE) and main landing gear parts onto the aircraft's primary all-composite rear wing spar.

Phil Swash, CEO, Aero structures - Europe, GKN Aerospace comments: "Our A350XWB contracts are at the heart of GKN Aerospace's strategic move into the manufacture and supply of large, fully integrated sections of the aircraft wing. In order to undertake this work we are investing heavily in creating a new, state of the art manufacturing and assembly plant at our operation in Bristol, UK. The Brotje moving line assembly equipment will form a key element in this new facility, increasing the speed, efficiency and flexibility of the complex wing assembly process. We have been working with Brotje since 2008 on this innovative assembly line concept."

During assembly, automated guided vehicles will move the A350 wing structures through dedicated work stations that will carry out a number of advanced procedures including five axis machining, robotic drilling and laser scanning. This assembly line, and the complete new GKN Aerospace manufacturing and assembly facility, will commence operating in 2010, delivering first development A350XWB wing structures later in the year

Swash continues "Filton will become our global centre of manufacturing excellence in advanced wing structures, offering state of the art composite manufacture and assembly with faster turn around times and greater consistency and quality than has been achievable to date. The Filton business will be central to our drive to take a significant part of the global wing structures market over the next 30 - 40 years."

Press release issued by GKN Aerospace - Filton on June 12, 2009

 

 Contact details from our directory:
GKN Aerospace - Filton Aircraft Structural Components, Wings, Wing Flaps, Fuselage Sections

 

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Airbus A350 XWB

 

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