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MADS - Advanced Drilling System / semi-autonomous drilling in aircraft assembly

MADS - Advanced Drilling System
MADS - Advanced Drilling System

When joining the individual segments of an airplane, up to 1 000 000 holes need to be drilled.
In order to ensure the safety of the aircraft, all holes need to meet high quality standards in
terms of position, size and perpendicularity. At the moment this is achieved by using drilling
templates, which heavy, hard to handle and very expensive.
MADS is an autonomous drilling system that only needs to be positioned roughly and adjusts itself by scanning reference points and comparing them with 3D-data of the plane. MADS is an alternative to commonly used templates and presents great relief to the operator and manufacturer.


Umeå University

Umeå University
Umeå, Sweden

Tim Schwarz,
Umeå Institute of Design