KUKA Systems Aerospace wins helicopter industry innovation award

STERLING HEIGHTS, MI, and AUGSBURG, Germany, May 7, 2015 — (PRNewswire) — KUKA Systems Aerospace has received the American Helicopter Society International's Supplier Excellence Award for its new assembly concept that will be used in building Bell Helicopter's 525 Relentless. The award, presented at the charity's annual awards banquet last night in Virginia Beach, VA, is given each year to a supplier "which through the quality of, innovativeness and cost-effectiveness of its products, has made a notable contribution to the vertical flight industry."

"We accept this honor with great pride and with gratitude for the support of a tremendous partner in Bell, which recognized the value in our concept and placed its faith in us," says Robert Reno, Group Vice President, KUKA Systems Aerospace.

KUKA's concept for the new Bell 525 is a major departure in assembling rotary-wing aircraft. Working in collaboration with Bell's engineering staff, the KUKA process engineering team developed a palletized process based on the industrial assembly line principle. The main aircraft is built up in a major fixture, which moves along the assembly stations. Ancillary tooling is added or removed from that fixture to allow different work tasks to be performed at each station.

The traditional assembly method would be to build up each component in a dedicated fixture and when a specific task is completed, remove that component and put it into another fixture to build it further. The result is a progressive buildup of each major section of the aircraft, but with many uncontrolled variations and tolerance issues in each one. The final mating of components and sections usually requires significant ad hoc adjustments to force out-of-contour or misaligned components into place. That's typical throughout the aerospace industry.

Palletized assembly offers many advantages over that traditional process, most notably an improvement in overall quality. The process promotes specialization and repeatability. Results tend to be more precise with less variability. The mating of components and ultimately entire sections is simplified. Everything tends to fit the first time, requiring fewer ad hoc adjustments. The result is a smoother, faster flow, with more efficient use of manpower.

KUKA is manufacturing all tooling for the forward, mid and aft fuselage as well as all tooling for the tailboom, engines and transmission and mating of all major structures on the 525 Relentless. Bell is offering the 525 for a wide range of non-military missions requiring a super medium to light heavy class helicopter.

ABOUT KUKA SYSTEMS:

KUKA Systems, part of Germany-based KUKA AG, is an international supplier of engineering services and flexible automation systems for the Automotive, Aerospace, Energy, and Industrial Solutions segments. Some 5,800 employees worldwide work on ideas, concepts and solutions for automated production and the provision of products and services for virtually all tasks in the industrial processing of metallic and non-metallic materials. The range is marketed internationally via subsidiaries and sales offices in Europe, America and Asia. KUKA Systems had sales revenues of 1.28 billion euros for the 2014 business year. KUKA Systems North America LLC, based in Sterling Heights MI, is responsible for the North American business and the worldwide aerospace group. The KUKA Systems Aerospace Group focuses on all aspects of tooling and assembly processes for aircraft manufacturing.

SOURCE KUKA Systems Corporation North America

Contact:
KUKA Systems Corporation North America
Media Contact: KUKA Systems North America LLC, Jane Thompson, Marketing Manager - Aerospace, Ph: (586) 795-2000 (x4384), Cell: (586) 718-6847, email Email Contact Web: www.kukanao.com




Review Article Be the first to review this article
Featured Video
Jobs
ECAD Designer - Data Connectivity for Delphi at Auburn Hills, MI
Mechanical Engineer II - Requisition ID 090445 for L3 Technologies at New York, NY
Estimator / Bidder for Rulon International at Saint Augustine, FL
Upcoming Events
33rd Annual Coordinate Metrology Society Conference at Snowbird UT - Jul 17 - 21, 2017
EMO Hannover 2017 at Hannover Germany - Sep 18 - 23, 2017
The 30th Annual Integrated Process Excellence Symposium & Training at Wyndham Grand Bonnet Creek Resort Orlando FL - Sep 18 - 20, 2017
Additive Manufacturing Conference 2017 at Knoxville Convention Center 701 Henley Street Knoxville TN - Oct 10 - 12, 2017



Internet Business Systems © 2017 Internet Business Systems, Inc.
595 Millich Dr., Suite 216, Campbell, CA 95008
+1 (408)-337-6870 — Contact Us, or visit our other sites:
AECCafe - Architectural Design and Engineering EDACafe - Electronic Design Automation GISCafe - Geographical Information Services TechJobsCafe - Technical Jobs and Resumes ShareCG - Share Computer Graphic (CG) Animation, 3D Art and 3D Models
  Privacy Policy Advertise