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An investigation into the adoption of automation in the aerospace manufacturing industry

An investigation into the adoption of automation in the aerospace manufacturing industry

Gao, James ORCID: 0000-0001-5625-3654, Arey, Daniel, Le, Chi Hieu ORCID: 0000-0002-5168-2297 and El Souri, Mohammed (2019) An investigation into the adoption of automation in the aerospace manufacturing industry. In: Advances in Manufacturing Technology XXXIII. Advances in Transdisciplinary Engineering, 9 . IOS Press, pp. 87-92. ISBN 978-1643680088 ISSN 2352-751X (Print), 2352-7528 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.3233/ATDE190016)

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Abstract

Thus far, the aerospace industry has floundered in the uptake of automation compared to the automotive and high volume electronics manufacturing industries. This may partially be attributed to the lifecycle of many aerospace products whose components typically begin production at low to medium volumes. This environment often limits the adoption of automation, as well as proving to be an uncertain environment in which to base large capital investments. Following increases in demand, low volume processes are often found unsuitable for higher volume production, with potential re-design activities prevented by costly product qualification processes. Thus, manufacturers are forced to enable low volume processes to cope with high volume production, without product redesign for automated manufacturing, whilst remaining commercially competitive. This paper aims to investigate a world leading aerospace electronics company, to recommend an implementation framework for automation in the reduction of build cost and increase in production volume devoid of product redesign activities.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Title of Proceedings: Advances in Manufacturing Technology XXXIII
Uncontrolled Keywords: Design for Automation, Industrial Robots, Flexible Production, Aerospace
Subjects: T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
T Technology > TS Manufactures
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Design, Manufacturing and Innovative Products Research Theme
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Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/24659

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