Case study

Fuselage Drilling

A hypothetical commercial aircraft program is investigating fastener hole drilling process improvements to support rate increase
Currently using a 4-step manual drill process. Alternatives include a semi-manual Process and two robot options: Lease or capex.

Global Assumptions

Current Manual Process

The combination of High NPV, fast Break-Even and Low Fixed Cost makes Leasing the most compelling option in this scenario.

Collaborative Robots offer aerospace a compelling opportunity to improve productivity and profitability

  • Clear business case for Collaborative Robots
  • Flexible implementation without major plant reconfiguration
  • Lightweight, Single function end effectors with tool changers allows multi-functionality without heft of traditional robots