Integrated Panel Assembly Cell

The Integrated Panel Assembly Cell (IPAC) is a high performance panel riveting system. The proven system is one of the best-selling fastening machine concepts world-wide. It is ideal to fasten small to large sized skin and wing panels.

The IPAC achieves fastest cycle times, while maintaining superb component quality. The highly adaptable system can be configured with a flexible fixture tooling to allow high workpiece flexibility as well as easy production process integration.

The IPAC´s compact design and adjustable station layout enables efficient use of precious shop floor space while keeping investment in building infrastructure to a minimum. The workpiece can be loaded vertically as well as horizontally. With more than 50 installations world-wide the system is well proven in production.

Technical Data


  • Capacity: up to 21ea rivets/min
  • Drill speed: 50 – 18,000 rpm
  • Countersink repeatability: ± 0.0006” (± 0.015 mm)
  • Fastener diameter: 4/32“ – 8/32“ (3.2 mm – 6.4 mm)
  • Clamping force: 110 – 600 lbs (50 – 267 daN)
  • Drill spindle feed: up to 300“/min (7,620 mm/min)
  • Material: Aluminum / Titanium / Composite
  • Optional 10/32“ (7.9 mm)
  • Upset force: up to 18,000 lbs (8,000 daN)

Positioning System

  • linear axes X, Y, Z Positioning accuracy linear axis ± 0.2 mm
  • Rotary axes A, B C Positioning accuracy rotary axis ± 60 arc. sec.


The IPAC panel assebly with a with a rotatable component carrier for maximum flexibility and a wide range of aerospace structures.

The IPAC combines highest efficiency with a small industrial footprint on the shopfloor.

Special Features

  • All electric fastening system 
  • High speed tool changer for drill chuck and upper anvils 
  • High speed / precise drill spindle 
  • Sensoric system for: Distance, Normality, Tack-rivet and Edge detection,
    Countersink Depth, Fastener Head Height, Hole Diameter, Sealant
  • Automated fastener feeding system 
  • Ergonomic Offline Programming System (SOUL OLPS) incl. Virtual Twin Integration, Simulation and Production Optimization Tools 
  • Integrated state-of-the-art Human Machine Interface (SCORE) incl. 3D workpiece completion reports 
  • Optional slug fasteners 
  • Optional collar installation 
  • Optional automatic lower tool changer 
Detail pickup under the component carrier with view of the upper tool.

High performance and proven reliability are part of the high technical standard of Broetje-Automation.

IPAC Product Information

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