A new milestone in the assembly of the STUNNING fuselage demonstrator 🛫.
The robotic pick-and-placement and tacking of 28 stringers omega stringers has been completed. SAM|XL engineers have incorporated the end-effector in the gantry cobot system, programmed the positions and operated the system with the assistance of the GKN Fokker crew 🦾.
This multifunctional demonstrator will make a major contribution towards new aircraft manufacturing processes, significantly lowering the ecological footprint throughout the aircraft lifecycle ♻️. Thermoplastic composite technologies are applied, allowing to assemble most of the structural parts by welding.
The pick & place and ultrasonic tacking end-effector was developed by FADA-CATEC, the Spanish partner in the TCTOOL consortium, which was led by TWI (UK).
The next step 🚀in this EU Clean Sky 2 project led by GKN Fokker will be performing conductive welding to structurally integrate these components.