All aerospace companies continue to struggle to successfully implement automation. The product design, manufacturing requirements, product certifications, and product complexity make automation significantly more difficult that industries like automotive. There is many new technologies and capabilities that are not commonly known throughout aerospace that can solve many of the difficulties of the past. This presentation will show many different real examples of automation applicable to aerospace processes and provide updates on new developments that further ease the implementation of advanced automation for some of aerospace’s most difficult processes. The presentation will also show the many benefits of collaborative robotics and collaborative applications and how a collaborative solution can be properly implemented for a successful manufacturing process. In addition to showing real solutions and new technology developments, this presentation will describe the key project concepts common to all successful automation projects and describe how to avoid the common mistakes that cause automation to fail.