Special force sensor makes modern commercial aircraft fuselage assembly safer

HBM has developed a three-component force sensor specifically to support the automated assembly of modern commercial aircraft constructed from composite materials such as GRP or GLARE (glass-fiber reinforced aluminum).

These modern innovative composite materials are increasingly being used in aircraft construction and pose new challenges for manufacturers trying to optimize manufacturing costs and runtimes while ensuring the materials are used safely.

HBM has combined the three-component TEDS sensors with its digiCLIP modular measuring amplifier system. This enables HBM to provide a complete measurement technology solution that establishes a new milestone for economic efficiency and effectiveness, both during installation and on-going operation.

The specially developed three-component force sensors are used to check forces on the fuselage sections during assembly. Signals from the force sensors are acquired by the digiCLIP measuring amplifiers and transmitted to the plant control system. A large number of measurement channels can be easily set up by mounting on DIN rails and daisy-chain wiring to meet the size and complexity of any assembly line.

A characteristic feature of the digiCLIP amplifiers is their noise-free and stable measurement technology which ensures reliable measurement results in industrial environments. The amplifiers are integrated into the automation architecture via the Profibus DP interface.

The modules have an internal digital signal processor that calculates process-relevant quantities during the assembly process, such as instantaneous values, peak values of the press forces, and limit value violations.

HBM constantly researches and supports new automated assembly concepts with innovative solutions, such as the three-component TEDS sensors with digiCLIP modular measuring amplifier system, for process monitoring.


About HBM:
HBM (www.hbm.com) is a globally operating company specializing in test and measurement. HBM provides complete measurement solutions - from sensor to software - based on high quality products as strain gages, load cells, tranducers, signal conditioning and data acquisition electronics and software.

With development and manufacturing operations in Europe, America and Asia, HBM provides measurement solutions to a wide variety of companies in the automotive, aerospace, marine, rail transport, medical equipment, packaging, appliance, automation, and scale industries.

With a 50 year history of quality and precision products, the HBM name has become synonymous with "Measurement with Confidence.

Founded in Germany in 1950, HBM is today the technology and market leader in the field of test and measurement. HBM's product range comprises solutions for the entire measurement chain, from virtual to physical testing. The company has production facilities in Germany, USA and China and is represented in over 80 countries worldwide.

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Tel: +44(0) 20 8515 6100
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Web: www.hbm.com

January 2011

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