The Automated Structural Laser Cleaning System (AutoSLC) combines state of the art technologies such as automation, industrial laser processing/cleaning, and machine vision into an aircraft production system, delivering pristine prepared metallic understructure that is ready for bonding of aircraft components. Laser cleaning is an enabler for the use of bonded aircraft components, driven by high quality surface preparation requirements to ensure the highest quality bond. By coupling laser cleaning with automation, we are not only able to achieve the highest quality surface preparation standards, we are able to do so in an efficient matter. Thus, leading to reductions in touch labor of the manual surface preparation processes, as well as downstream scrap, rework and repair (SRR) tied to the disbonds of bonded aircraft components. This system incorporates aspects of machine vision to feed laser cleaning offset corrections based on known aircraft features, as well as a post laser cleaning inspection of the surface to ensure the surface is contaminate free before adhesive bonding.
- Demonstrate a working knowledge of the laser cleaning process for coatings removal on metallic aircraft under-structure
- Demonstrate a working knowledge of the robotic cleaning system components (laser source, custom laser end effector, and vision system)
- Demonstrate a working knowledge of the efficiency of the developed technology (ergonomics, labor reduction, environmentally friendly cleaning, quality control, increased adhesion)
Why Is It Important?
This topic will provide the audience with a working knowledge of industrial laser processing/cleaning, robotic integration of laser cleaning, and vision system feedback loops. The topic will stress the quality requirements related to adhesive bonding of aircraft components, and how we achieve these requirements with laser processing/cleaning. This topic will also address the ergonomic and process efficiency related to the robotic laser cleaning process.