To join the upper and forward lower shell (Section 15) composite fuselage panels of the Airbus A350 XWB aircraft, Spirit contracted AIT to develop the world’s first automated Flex Track driller with fastening technology.
The driller/fastener developed is able to precisely drill, countersink, feed the fastener, apply sealant, and install the fastener at the point of use, reducing the manual labor involved in previous technology generations while also improving hole quality.
AIT’s driller/fastener is installed at Spirit’s Saint-Nazaire, France, facility to join the Section 15 panels.
This is the 1st production Flex Track with full-size fastening machine developed and implemented.
The 180kg machine is programmable 4th axis and the collar is installed by an operator on the opposite side of the skin.
Based on the article “Spirit A350 Flex Track Driller With Fastening Technology” published inAdvanced Integration Technology.