In the aerospace industry, automated applications for sealant and adhesive dispensing in a production environment are few and far between. In contrast, the automotive industry has virtually all sealants robotically applied; Why isn’t this technology implemented more within the aerospace industry? In the past, the high tolerances and finish quality required for aircraft components has prohibited integration; within the past few years however, advancements in material dispensing control, monitoring, and methodology of bead application has made this technology a viable source for automation. One of the top drivers of aircraft weight is associated with the variability in manually applied sealant; the ability to apply the perfect amount of sealant to meet specification requirements provides an excellent way to ensure customer mass requirements are met. Additionally, by automating these tasks, high labor reduction in excess of 40% is possible, resulting in direct program savings. This presentation will provide an overview of these advancements and provide a study case for the path to production.
- Understand capabilities of automated sealant and dispensing technology
- Determine potential applications for automated sealant and adhesive dispensing
- Architect a strategy to implement an automated and adhesive sealant dispensing system in production
Why Is It Important?
Automated sealant and adhesive dispensing is of importance to the audience because of the opportunities for enhancing product quality and expanding the reach of task level automation within the aerospace industry. By describing the path to production, attendees will become knowledgeable of these technologies’ capability, with the intent to spark new ideas of how to automate the wide variety of sealants and adhesives utilized within their respective business areas.