The Metrology Enhanced Tooling for Aerospace (META) framework

O.C. Martin, J.E. Muelaner, D. Tomlinson, P.G. Maropoulos, A. Kayani

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Published conference outputConference publication


    Aerospace manufacturers typically use monolithic steel fixtures to control the form of assemblies. This tooling is very expensive, has long lead times and has little ability to accommodate product variation and design changes. Since the tool setting and recertification process is manual and time consuming, monolithic structures are required in order to maintain the tooling tolerances for multiple years without recertification. This paper introduces the Metrology Enhanced Tooling for Aerospace (META) Framework which interfaces multiple metrology technologies with the tooling, components, workers and automation. This will allow rapid or even real-time fixture re-certification with improved product verification leading to a reduced risk of product non-conformance and increased fixture utilization while facilitating flexible fixtures.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 36th International MATADOR Conference
    EditorsSrichand Hinduja, Lin Li
    Place of PublicationLondon (UK)
    Number of pages4
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-84996-432-6
    ISBN (Print)978-1-84996-431-9
    Publication statusPublished - 2010
    Event36th International MATADOR Conference - University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom
    Duration: 14 Jul 201016 Jul 2010


    Conference36th International MATADOR Conference
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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