Aerospace

Learn more about how our solutions are used in aerospace manufacturing processes.

Edgecam

AE Aerospace and Edgecam Reach New Heights

AE Aerospace has celebrated the 2nd anniversary following its highly successful MBO by Peter Bruch and Andy Masters in 2014. The Birmingham-based company has established itself as a significant player in the precision components market. It supplies components and assemblies to many of the civil and military aircraft currently in service around the world.

Laser Scanner inspection jet wing on robotic arm

Automated Scanning Solution Speeds Aerospace Manufacturing

​Jet Wing Surface Scan Reduced to Under Four Minutes​. Wichita, Kansas is known as the "Air Capital of the World". This is due in part of the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) at Wichita State University, a leading advanced aircraft manufacturing laboratory.

Airbus jet engine pylons

Airbus jet engine pylons inspected with dual laser tracker setup

The Airbus site in St. Eloi in Toulouse, France manufactures all engine pylons for the entire Airbus aircraft lineup. Engine pylons attach the engine to the wing structure. The pylons are almost invisible to passengers, as they are hidden under various aerodynamic housings under the wing.

Gear and Pinion Inspection

Flying High with More Efficiency

BMT Aerospace benefits directly from the increase in air traffic volume. The order books of the Belgian producer of gears for aerospace applications are full. In order to cope with the amount of work, BMT Aerospace needed a fresh start in the measuring room.

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Perfecting The Last Hubble Rendezvous

​Perfecting The Last Hubble Rendezvous: When NASA comes to mind, one instantly envisions their mission to launch vehicles to the moon and beyond. Yet the agency has a secondary mandate. Whatever NASA puts into low earth orbit must be safely brought home upon its expiration date.

Aibus Military A400 Construction

A400M Automated Assembly with Leica Geosystems Laser Trackers

The Final Assembly Line at the Airbus Military facility in Seville, Spain, is the third largest aeronautical station in Europe after Toulouse and Hamburg and welcomes the final assembly and delivery of the A400M, the latest Airbus Military airplane. Designed to a recognised requirement for a new airlifter for European air forces, the A400M incorporates state-of-the-art materials and technology that are being continuously perfected in today’s civil aircraft fleets.

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History Making Cold War Era Swiss Jet Fully Digitized With Leica T-Scan

More often than not, industrial metrology involves performing measurements on no-thrills, mundane, dull-as-dish-water measurement objects. Inspecting them is usually as exciting as watching grass grow. But every now and then one comes across a task that is as different as chalk and cheese. Like digitizing an entire fighter bomber jet, for example. Enter the P-16.

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The Final Control

The contractors in the aerospace branch of TenCate Advanced Armor have laid down new requirements in terms of dimensional quality control. The firm has called on a service provider to accompany it in this metrology process and contacted several measuring arm manufacturers with a view to purchasing a suitable measuring tool. ROMER was the natural choice thanks to the good reputation of the group and its excellent after-sales service. ROMER was able to satisfy the specifications, and the fact that one of TenCate’s subcontractors had just replaced an old ROMER arm with a new ROMER Absolute Arm augured well for the future!

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Versatile Use Of The Leitz PMM-C Ultra with Small Precision Parts

Before a precision moulded part, a special screw or a movement element can be installed in the end product it must go through several process stages. At SFS intec development starts with the agreement of a customer‘s construction drawing.

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Entrusting Laser Trackers With Critical Measurements For Nearly Two Decades

BAE Systems is a global company engaged in the development, delivery and support of advanced defence and aerospace systems in the air, on land and at sea. As one of the largest defence companies in the world and the largest such contractor in Europe, the company plays an important role in global military aircraft production. The company’s Typhoon, Tornado and Harrier fighter-bombers are all frontline aircraft of the Royal Air Force. BAE Systems is also a major partner in the F-35 Lightning II program and produces the Hawk Advanced Trainer. Investing about 10 percent of its revenues into research and development, BAE Systems has always been at the forefront of what is technologically possible in the world of industrial metrology. The company’s cooperation with Leica Geosystems dates back to 1991, when the world’s first commercially available laser tracker was launched.

ROMER Arm Reduces Production Bottleneck

The aerospace subsidiary of a multinational manufacturing group needed a solution to alleviate bottlenecks in its production department. The company manufactures towering airframe components which make up the superstructure of commercial aircraft. The company already owns a large bridge CMM of adequate size to measure the parts. However, due to the size and difficulty to move the parts, the company was searching for a portable measurement solution. The objective was two-fold. The first was to relieve some of the bridge CMM’s workload and the second was to be able to measure directly on the machining center setup without removing the fixtured parts.

Dynamic Measurement of the ALMA Project Antenna Settings

The activity sectors covered by SETIS are a reflection of a will to diversify whilst at the same time staying close to the basic professions: the nuclear, aerospace, automobile or research and development industries. SETIS has in its portfolio clients as notable as Airbus, DACIA, EDF, CERN or AREVA and is responsible for the follow up of projects as prestigious as LHC, ITER or the ATV project.

Ergonomic Lightweights

Airlines and aeroplane manufacturers are facing the challenge of transporting people and freight more efficiently. The only way to do this is to put every single aircraft component on a drastic slimming diet, but the RECARO Aircraft Seating company won‘t be compromising the ergonomics or comfort of their aircraft seats for the economy and business classes. Instead, the company will be maintaining their high quality standards and betting on their well-positioned development department, with support from a DEA GLOBAL 3D coordinate measuring device from Hexagon Metrology.

Hexagon Metrology is Assuring Quality of Composite Parts at PCT UAE

Construction without limits Architecture without constrains, futuristic concepts turned into reality, state-of-the-art solutions – all this is possible thanks to the advanced composites materials. Premier Composite Technologies (PCT), located in Dubai, is a leading global supplier and manufacturer of advanced composite solutions for the Architectural Design, Transportation and boatbuilding markets. Composite materials are extremely light, durable and allow the creation of sophisticated geometric shapes. They are used in a wide range of applications such as architecture, marine, rail and wind energy. In order to assure the best quality of manufactured composite parts, PCT uses portable measuring systems from Hexagon Metrology; two Leica Absolute Trackers AT401 and the ROMER Absolute Arm.

Leica Laser Trackers and SpatialAnalyzer

Determinate Assembly (DA) is a technique used in aerospace assemblies that requires drilling precise and matching hole patterns for fastening mating parts. The DA technique is critical to building large structures effectively for aerospace as it allows for consistent, accurate assembly and component alignment. Massive NC machines or large jigs are often used in order to achieve the necessary precision to drill DA hole patterns, but these methods are both expensive and inflexible to changes in design and process. An alternate technique employs a robot on a rail using a large scale precision metrology system. This technique allows DA hole patterns to be drilled precisely in a cell capable of adjusting to changes in design and process.

Manufacturing A Reputation For Quality

Aerospace component supplier’s ten year association with Hexagon Metrology establishes reputation for top-quality output.

Measurement of the Geometric Characteristics of ATV Spacecraft

The adventure began in 1951 when Mr Degaud opened a “classical” office of surveying experts in Grenoble. The Olympic Games in 1968 contributed to the company’s rise which became, with 120 people working there, the largest office in the region. Since the 1960s and in the context of the Olympic Games, the company was responsible for measuring stadiums, bobski and toboggan runs or springboards with a tool which was already exceptional and ahead of its time: the Wild theodolite. Always staying faithful to their first theodolite supplier which became Leica Geosystems over time, the company SETIS which belongs to the Degaud group, acquired all the group’s laser tracker generations between 1992 and today: from the SMART 310 to the very latest Leica Absolute Tracker AT401 in addition to the Leica Absolute Tracker AT901 together with the Leica T-Probe and Leica T-Scan.

New Heights in Measurement precision

It hardly needs saying that measurement inaccuracies during aircraft construction can have enormous negative consequences. That is why the issues of quality assurance and measurement technology assume such paramount importance in the fields of aviation and space travel. And that is also why Airbus uses no fewer than seven Leica Geosystems Laser Trackers in its Bremen factory. By using the tracker in combination with the new T-Probe, the Bremen-based team has been able to achieve considerable savings in terms of both cost and time.

Ready for Departure

Boarding a plane to fly from one continent to another within hours has become an everyday event for us. Behind that are over a hundred years of aviation history and a great deal of high tech, such as engines produced by MTU Aero Engines. In its quality assurance, MTU relies on the power of measuring systems by Hexagon Metrology.

Strata Manufacturing PJSC - APPLICATION REPORT

Strata’s Aerospace Hub Strata Manufacturing PJSC, established in 2010 and based in Al Ain is a manufacturer of composite parts for aerospace industry. Strata is wholly-owned by Mubadala, the Abu Dhabi-based investment and development company, and is part of Mubadala Aerospace, Communications Technology and Defense Services. Among the partners of Strata are the world’s leading Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) such as Boeing, Airbus and Alenia Aermacchi. The heart of Strata business is located in the 25 square kilometers aerospace hub in the surrounding of Al Ain International Airport. The construction of the hub started in 2010 and Strata was the key anchor tenant there. According to the Al Ain strategic 2030 plan, the aerospace hub will consist of various industrial projects, a business park, office facilities and educational research.

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