FRAC

Frame Clip Assembly Cell

The Frame Clip Assembly Cell (FRAC) is a highly flexible and versatile system for automated drilling and fastening of different aircraft components and substructures (e.g. frame, clips, brackets) with most challenging requirements. Broetje-Automation provides a series of different end-effectors that are tailored to different conditions and requirements to enable highest throughput rates and maximum workpiece flexibility.

FRAC systems are capable to be mounted on stationary or mobile robots as well as other positioning systems. They often combine several different end-effectors (e.g. drill-only end-effectors with automatic tool change combined with drillingand riveting multifunctional end-effectors). The systems therefore reach highest automation levels of more than 90% for all kinds of aircraft types.

Technical Data

Riveter

  • Drill speed: 0 – 6.000 rpm 
  • Drill spindle feed: up to 98“/min / 2.500 mm/min 
  • Countersink repeatability: ± 0.002”/ ± 0.05 mm
  • Material: Al/Ti / optional Composite 
  • Fastener diameter: 0,09” – 0,31” / 2.5 mm – 7.93 mm 
  • Cycle Time: up to 7 rivets/min 
  • Clamping force: 22 – 270 lbs / 10 – 120 daN  
  • Upset force: up to 10,116 lbs / 4,500 daN 

Positioner

  • Positioning accuracy linear axis: ± 0.008“ / ± 0.2 mm 
  • Positioning repeatability linear axis: ± 0.004“ / ± 0.1 mm 
  • Work travel: X-axis: 670 inch / 17,000 mm (not limited)
Material and process flexibility in a compact system due to the ability to work in narrow environments.

A Flexible Robotic Assembly System for highest levels of automation even with narrow and complex contours.

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Special Features

  • Fully automated process
  • Automatic Fastener feed and insert with all electric fastening system (AEFS)
  • 8/16 slot fastener rack for various fastener sizes & types extendable with additional racks
  • Multiple end-effectors for highest automation levels incl. automatic coupling system and automatic tool change
  • High speed / precise drill spindle
  • No limitation in workpiece length
  • Broetje-Automation SCALE sensoric system for in-process quality check (e.g. countersink, workpiece compensation etc.)
  • BA SOUL Offline Programming System
  • Virtual twin machine and workpiece simulation
Flexible Robotic Assembly System for highest levels of automation even with narrow and complex contours

Material and process flexibility in a compact system.

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