Electroimpact developed a new advanced positioning system to replace antiquated equipment on Bombardier’s
Global 5000/6000 final assembly line. The system supports the wings and positions them relative to the
fuselage using precise manipulators in conjunction with state-of-the-art controls. Formerly, the process
was a guess and check procedure in which the operator would manually move the wing until all reference
points were within tolerance. With each move affecting all reference points, the process was iterative
and time consuming.
While the verification process is still manual, the new system allows the operator to “lock-in” a reference
point once it is within tolerance. Subsequent moves rotate about the “locked-in” position(s) and isolate
them from the movements. This allows the operators to focus in on a single point and greatly reduces the
time required to position a wing. In addition, the new system uses Siemens SIMATIC Mobile Panel technology
to give the operator freedom of movement within the work center while maintaining a user-friendly and
informative human machine interface (HMI).