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JIF2LAND Report Summary

Project ID: 641543
Funded under: FP7-JTI
Country: Spain

Final Report Summary - JIF2LAND (Jigs and Fixtures for Assembly of the Laminar Wing at the BLADE flight test demonstrator Final Assembly Line)

Executive Summary:
The JIF4FLIGHT+JIF2LAND project, led by ARITEX and with partner EURECAT (Before ASCAMM), is the materialization of a proposal to answer a Call for Proposal from Cleansky Program, which topic was to design, manufacture and deliver the Jig and Fixtures at FAL for the Blade project of the SFWA ITD lead by AIRBUS, where the BLADE is a Laminar flow wing to be tested in flight conditions.
In concrete the jig and fixtures are the ones needed tooling for assembly the BLADE wing on an A340 to be tested in the Flight Tests Bench.
The project objectives are:
• Detailed design of all stages for assembly the blade wing and all accessories such as leading edge and trailing edge
• Manufacture of all designed components
• Delivery and commissioning of all tooling at the FAL in Tarbes
• Install and verify all tooling
• Provide support to Airbus in the tooling use
During this third reporting period of the project development, important milestones were:
• Manufacture of tools corresponding to Stage 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.
• Assembly, set-up and measurement in Aritex of Stage 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.
• All components manufactured.
• Transportation to FAL in Tarbes started.
• Assembly in Tarbes of all the jigs of Stage 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.
• Final adjustment measurement.
• Participation of Aritex to solve problems of plane in position of zero stress.
• Collaboration, study, design, manufacture and implementation of modifications in Stage 3 (Transition structure) and Stage 2 (Disassembly of the wing) to adapt to new position of zero stress of the aircraft.
• Assistance in Tarbes of Aritex technicians for the use of jigs.

Project Context and Objectives:
3- OBJECTIVES, WORK PROGRESS AND ACHIEVEMENTS, PROJECT MANAGEMENT
3.1. Project objectives for the period.
The objective of the project was the manufacture, assembly in Aritex, transport to Tarbes and final assembly of Stage 1, 2, 3, 4 Y 5.
The objective of Stage 1 is to serve the work area and to support all the jigs of the Stages that allow to carry out the works in the wing

To achieve these objectives of the period, the following activities were carried out:

1- Stage 1.
- Manufacture of all columns, beams and structures that make up each platform.
Welding, painted and mechanized.
- Quality control in Aritex (dimensional and construction) and delivery to Tarbes.
- Reception and download in Tarbes of all the components of the platform.
- Inspection and distribution of the material for the assembly phases.
- As a preliminary work to the reception was made the layout and marking of the position of each of the platforms.
- Execution of the assembly phases.
- 100% inspection of the torque of the joints.
- Final adjustment and measurement.
- Supply and assembly of auxiliary platforms. (Scafolding)
- Cleaning and painting the work surface.
- Inspection for Security certification.
- Delivery to the client.

2- Stage 2.
The objetive of Stage 2 is to dissasembly the wing part from the rib 28, on this Stage the main utilities on which it was performed and the cutting and separation of the wing and auxiliary elements were supplied to complete that objective .

- Manufacture of all components for jigs.
- Quality control in Aritex (dimensional and construction) and delivery to Tarbes.
- Reception and download in Tarbes of all the jigs.
- Inspection and distribution of the material for the assembly phases.
- As a preliminary work was made the marking of the position of the tools on the platform.
- Execution of the assembly.
- Final adjustment and measurement.
- Delivery to the client.

3- Stage 3.

Once the wing has been cut and separated, the Stage 3 has been mounted, its purpose is to allow the transition structure to be assembled from the cut in the current wing.

- Manufacture of all components for jigs.
- Quality control in Aritex (dimensional and construction) and delivery to Tarbes.
- Reception and download in Tarbes of all the jigs.
- Inspection and distribution of the material for the assembly phases.
- As a preliminary work was made the marking of the position of the tools on the platform.
- Execution of the assembly.
- Final adjustment and measurement.
- Delivery to the client.

4- Stage 4.

For the assembly the new blade were necessary the Stage 4 Jigs.

- Manufacture of all components for jigs.
- Quality control in Aritex (dimensional and construction) and delivery to Tarbes.
- Reception and download in Tarbes of all the jigs.
- Inspection and distribution of the material for the assembly phases.
- As a preliminary work was made the marking of the position of the tools on the platform.
- Execution of the assembly.
- Final adjustment and measurement.
- Delivery to the client.

5- Stage 5.

Once the new blade has been assembly, the Stage 5 Jigs has been mounted, its purpose is to allow the assembly the others blade components.

- Manufacture of all components for jigs.
- Quality control in Aritex (dimensional and construction) and delivery to Tarbes.
- Reception and download in Tarbes of all the jigs.
- Inspection and distribution of the material for the assembly phases.
- As a preliminary work was made the marking of the position of the tools on the platform.
- Execution of the assembly.
- Final adjustment and measurement.
- Delivery to the client.


Project Results:
During this period the work has been centered on work packages WP1, WP2, WP3, WP4, and WP5.
The progresses made in each work package are summarized hereafter.
A deviation in plan of the project has been produced due to:

1. Position of the plane.
2. Important deviations in the zero stress position.
During the period to ensure and recover the planing for these problems, a strong investment was made in analysis by Engineering, measurement and the necessary modifications so that Stage 2 and 3 could function according to the objectives..
WP3
The manufacturing of this stage 1, 2 y 3 has finalized in August 2016.

WP 4
The installation of these stage 4 has finalized in August 2016

WP5
The installation of these stage 4 has finalized in December 2017


WP6
Aritex has left in plant at all times during these phases of assembly a technician with 100% availability for these works.

WP7
All objectives fulfilled for the phases of this project

Potential Impact:
The original planing contained in the JIF4FLIGHT and JIF2LAND agreements suffered significant deviations due to different circumstances beyond Aritex-Eurecat.
The original planning provided for the assembly in site between July and October 2013.


Original planing

During the progress of the project, in the successive revisions of the planning there were important delays, as it can be observed that the assembly in the place would be realized between September and December of 2014.

Due to the complexity of the operations to be carried out, the definition of Build Philosophy and Tooling Specification and the increase of the necessary tools to carry out the operations, the project continued to accumulate delays. A planning of November 2014 can see how the assembly in site in early 2015

Finally the planing that was established and was fulfilled was with the beginning of the assembly in site of Stage 4 in September of 2016, to finalize the assembly in site of the Stage 5 in December of 2016.

ECM of March 2015 where we are informed of the delay of the project to February 2016


Final Planning

b) Environmental benefits

Our direct contribution has been based on creating a productive process for short series jigs with an efficient cost. A process of disassembly and assembly for short production and very specific that has given us new ideas and concepts for this type of operations, which will imply an effective final cost and solutions that contribute to the sustainability of the environment.
The jigs made are 100% recyclable materials and in the final stage of the project will seek their re-use in other applications.
The main environmental impact of the project does not lie in our contribution to it, but the final result of the project, the final objective, is the step to test the laminar flow in the wings.
This Blade test will give a wide spectrum in energy saving and environmental care and will be a clear and palpable example of the objectives achieved.

c) Dissemination / exploitation of results

For the dissemination and exploitation of commercial and industrial results we have decided to wait for the final result of the project planned for mid-year 2017.
Initially it is foreseen its diffusion in the commercial field including the realization of this project in our wide range of commercial products, such as brochures, company presentation catalogs, our website, etc, etc.
The technical results and knowledge acquired are already being used by our technicians in other aeronautical market projects.
On the other side, the results and development of the project will be widely disseminated throughout the aeronautical community, as well as other potential sectors.

d) Communication

The dissemination of the expected results of the project will be carried out in conjunction with the completion of the project, ie at the end of JIF2LAND as it complements the main project (JIF4FLIGHT).

List of Websites:
www.aritex-es.com

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ARITEX CADING,S.A.
Spain
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