True Position Robotics (TPR) enters digital project collaboration with Spirit AeroSystems, on project DELTA (Digitally Enabled Low-Cost Technologies for Aerostructures)

This project is in two parts. The first is the integration of TPR’s robotic drilling system into the “digital thread”. This includes full off-line robot programming, using Siemens PLM, and TPR’s robot guidance technology to create an absolute digital twin.

The drill itself is low payload, low energy, and a concession-free solution (part of Net Zero manufacturing strategy); ideal for affordable automation of aerostructure small assemblies (hole sizes up to 10mm). The size also enables access around products previously unobtainable on the market. This project focusses on ¼” countersunk holes.

This solution is proven to deliver “True Position” significantly higher than aerostructure design book tolerances, with countersink CpK >4.

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Full 6D Robot Guidance with "True Position" informatics

The second element of the project includes the integration of “Polyworks Data Loop”. This is a web-based server, not only used for operations / conformance, but integrated into the digital thread to share learning across the enterprise. Working closely with 3D Scanners (Master Distributor for InnovMetric), TPR will integrate database with half a dozen different devices and demonstrate digital “fit” back into Siemens PLM.