manufacturing process capability, and allocation of tolerances and datums for jigless assembly, the definition of assembly features needs to be clarified and. Aerospace Manufacture’ (JAM) project which was set-up to investigate and development of a methodology to design for jigless assembly and a process of. Jigless Aerospace Manufacture-The Enabling Technologies The shear size and flexibility of the larger airframe parts makes it.

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The assembly of Ahrlac began in January, with the first engine-start of the prototype taking place in March and early taxi trials in May, revealed Ahrlac programme leader Paul Potgieter at a media briefing last week.

Sectors submitted by the Researcher. Development and implementation of digitally adjustable multi-point tooling and techniques in the manufacture of aircraft products. A dedicated construction area for various aspects of production has been set up. Offline programming means that the robots are programmed in a computer environment without disturbing the process. Summary on Grant Application Form. South African aerospace company Aerosud was subcontracted by Ahrlac Holdings to develop the aircraft, which Potgieter noted was designed to meet the diverse needs of homeland security, such as airborne and electronic surveillance, and advanced combat training.

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The optimization involves introducing “jigless ” welding in production, i. A theoretical analysis on the mechanism of MPF jiglrss carried out for dieless forming applications. Two prototypes of dieless stretch forming tooling and jigless positioning tooling with punch matrices were developed. Comau U K Ltd.

It can carry a comprehensive weapons suite manufactufing specific mission applications as well as physically and electronically integrate equipment in a plug-and-play manner. He added that the market trends indicated a global need for a cost-effective, flexible, multirole, armed reconnaissance aircraft.


Delfoi Robotics is the world leader in the field of welding, which made them an obvious choice of supplier.

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He added that peripheral applications for the Ahrlac were continuously being found. Potential use in nigless contexts. The industrial and scientific breakthrough objectives of the project were: Usability of public transport premises for sustainable city logistics.

Legal notice Cookies Contact Search. Manufacturing machines for Ahrlac were already on site at the Aerosud Innovation and Training Centre, in Centurion, where the production of the aircraft would take place. Smart jiless and robotization are becoming increasingly common in Swedish industries.

The maunfacturing was structured into six work packages WPs as follows: These production aspects included composite stations, machining from billets and sheet metal, manufacturing of most of the visible wing and tail parts, as well as protoshop and pipe bending. WP 3 – Development of digitally adjustable multi-point tooling The primary objective of WP3 was to build a novel and efficient digitally adjustable multi-point tooling system based on the principle of MPF and to develop automatic robotic control techniques for jigleds flexible fabrication tooling.


Mainly, it is about items mmanufacturing to about 60 kilos, but in the long run the concept can also be an integral part in the production of major components such as vehicle frames.

This allows every part to fit together and saves [on] costs and time. Paramount Group executive chairperson Ivor Ichikowitz said the project was an excellent reflection of the capabilities of the Manufactring African engineering fraternity.


Performance Manufacturlng for Vehicles on Track. Sch of Industrial and Manufacturing Scie. Many manufacturers in the automotive and manufacturing industry have items that are to be produced in low volume, but in several variants.

The industrial and scientific breakthrough objectives of the project were:. Paramount Group had also invested in one of only two of the computer measuring machine facilities in the world for its manufacturing process. Delfoi Robotics Delfoi Planner. Aerospace, Defence and Marine Related Grants: The collaborative research involves 5 jigleess institutions and five major aerospace companies.

It will also eliminate the need for tooling storage and increase tooling utilisation significantly. Volvo Construction Equipment wants to move away from this by introducing a new type of robotization.

There were no such dieless forming tooling and jigless positioning tooling available on market. WP 1 – Technology assessment and targets specification WP 2 – Research of adjustable multi-point tooling technology WP2 aimed to study the fundamentals of MPF methodology and explore the capabilities of flexible fabrication tooling technology for aircraft panels.

Ahrlac was digitally manufactured using design-for-manufacture, paperless digital manufacturing concepts, advanced metrology manufactufing high-speed computer numerically controlled machinery. A common demonstrator will be used for validating the research results.

Solution of the key technological problems of adjustable multi-point tooling.