This presentation will describe the process and challenges of developing and integrating drilling and fastening solutions into the C-130J production. The C-130 has been in continuous production for over 60 years which poses a few challenges to automation. Much of the aircraft is designed for manual assembly, and the engineering data is often only available in hand drawn prints. In 2012, the C-130J Program launched an effort to significantly reduce the recurring labor Hours Per Unit (HPU) for manufacturing processes. To automate the drilling and fastening of selected assemblies, the detailed manufacturing plan had to be changed and digital Manufacturing Engineering Data (MED) had to be generated. A technology roadmap was quickly developed which led to the integration of 8 different solutions.
- Identify candidate assemblies for automated drilling and fastening
- Select type of drilling and fastening system based on the application
- Use knowledge of scanning technologies to generate digital manufacturing engineering data