The difficulty of producing modern aircraft has gotten plenty of attention over the last year. On a large plane like the Airbus A380, one of the biggest challenges comes with wings. They are huge, carry thousands of gallons of fuel and they must be rigid yet slightly flexible.
Airbus turned to Electroimpact Inc. to get a material handling system that could provide a stable control system for wing assemblies. One of the key elements is to position six panel loader arms precisely. Integrated encoder position sensors from MTS Systems Corp.ís Sensors Div. help maintain precision down to 1 mm accuracy, checking position every 4 msec.
A new fixings and fastening system for assembling structural, load-bearing composite components promises 54% better adhesion, plus less weight and better mechanical performance than current composite fixing designs.
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