Airbus is is ramping up production of the single-aisle A320 jet, which competes with Boeing's 737, from 50 to 60 planes per month.

Airbus reveals the latest recruits to its A320 production line

Airbus has unveiled the latest employees helping it put together the hugely popular A320 passenger plane.

The European planemaker has unveiled a new production line for its best-selling A320 jet with robots Luise and Renate joining human workers as it turns to new automation to help it deal with an eight-year order backlog.

Airbus hopes digital technology will enable higher production and trigger a significant shift in research and development spending towards high-tech manufacturing.

Airbus is is ramping up production of the single-aisle A320 jet, which competes with Boeing's 737, from 50 to 60 planes per month.

Airbus is is ramping up production of the single-aisle A320 jet, which competes with Boeing’s 737, from 50 to 60 planes per month.

The two robots, whose names were chosen by employees, will in particular help to drill over 2,000 holes to join the two halves of the fuselage together, work normally done by humans.

The two robots, whose names were chosen by employees, will in particular help to drill over 2,000 holes to join the two halves of the fuselage together, work normally done by humans.

The planemaker is ramping up production of the single-aisle A320 jet, which competes with Boeing’s 737, from 50 to 60 planes per month.

Airbus has sold 8,000 of the jets with another 6,000 on order.

The new final assembly line in Hamburg, like other lines, has a top rate of 10 aircraft per month, which it will reach by mid-2019.

The robots form part of a new final assembly line where the fuselage and wings are transported by automated moving tooling platforms, rather than being lowered by cranes onto fixed jigs, and where dynamic laser tracking is used to perfectly align aircraft parts.

The robots form part of a new final assembly line where the fuselage and wings are transported by automated moving tooling platforms, rather than being lowered by cranes onto fixed jigs, and where dynamic laser tracking is used to perfectly align aircraft parts.

Drilling and filling robot "Luise" is seen in a new A320 production line at the Airbus plant in Hamburg, Germany, June 14, 2018.

Drilling and filling robot ‘Luise’ is seen in a new A320 production line at the Airbus plant in Hamburg, Germany, June 14, 2018.

The two robots, whose names were chosen by employees, will in particular help to drill over 2,000 holes to join the two halves of the fuselage together, work normally done by humans.

The line features two seven-axis robots for automated fuselage drilling.

‘These robots are able to drill almost 80 percent of holes on the upper side of the sections, which improves the ergonomic working environment, Airbus said.

The robots also drill with higher accuracy to ensure a constant level of production quality resulting in less rework.

The new line features an innovative layout and the use of mobile tooling platforms that navigate autonomously with laser trackers.

They form part of a new final assembly line where the fuselage and wings are transported by automated moving tooling platforms, rather than being lowered by cranes onto fixed jigs

They form part of a new final assembly line where the fuselage and wings are transported by automated moving tooling platforms, rather than being lowered by cranes onto fixed jigs

 With more than 14,000 A320ceo and A320neo Family aircraft ordered and over 8,100 delivered, the A320 is the world’s most successful single-aisle aircraft family

With more than 14,000 A320ceo and A320neo Family aircraft ordered and over 8,100 delivered, the A320 is the world’s most successful single-aisle aircraft family

They form part of a new final assembly line where the fuselage and wings are transported by automated moving tooling platforms, rather than being lowered by cranes onto fixed jigs, and where dynamic laser tracking is used to perfectly align aircraft parts.

The savings from the new technologies are not about time, but about precision and ergonomics, Airbus staff said.

‘It’s more efficient when you are not drilling all holes by hand,’ Klaus Roewe, head of the A320 family programme, told reporters in Hamburg, saying that the other new technologies for manoeuvring parts would help to reduce the likelihood of damage or errors.

Fuselage and wings are transported by automated moving tooling platforms, rather than being lowered by cranes onto fixed jigs

Fuselage and wings are transported by automated moving tooling platforms, rather than being lowered by cranes onto fixed jigs

Motorised robotic pallets carry plane wings around the new production line in Hamburg

Motorised robotic pallets carry plane wings around the new production line in Hamburg

Roewe said around one-third of the new technologies on the new final assembly line could potentially be transferred to other lines, whether in existing ones in Hamburg, France, China, or the United States.

‘The priority is to ramp up and then we will start thinking about what we can transfer,’ he said.

Airbus has also extended and modernised its delivery centre for the A320 family in Hamburg as part of plans to help it deal with the production ramp-up.

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