"Natural Laminar Flow (NLF) has been identified as a key technology to contribute to the reduction of emissions in aircraft transport. However, the stringent NLF surface requirements are difficult to be reached with conventional manufacturing processes. The aim of NOGAP project is to develop a fully automated gap filler device that is able to performance in a 3D environment and achieve surface finish within NLF tolerances at high production rates.
To achieve its purpose, NOGAP project will integrate different systems in a single multifunction robot:
• Computer Vision device and 2D laser measurement device integrated in a verification system, for guidance, surface scanning and post-application metrology control
• Innovative filler injection system with flow software control and variable-geometry nozzles (under patent development)
• Multiple operation for accelerated curing (thermal, UV) and/or secondary finishing
The flexibility and automation of assembly tooling is therefore a step forward to achieve the Aeronautical Factory of the Future based on the concept of “Smart Factory”."
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