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A CASE STUDY: PLC/HMI

Aircraft manufacturers require extreme accuracy and repeatability when painting airplanes. Mistakes and slow performance can be very costly. When one of the world’s largest aircraft manufacturers wanted to upgrade a paint hangar, they turned to us. The project was one of the most complex and multifaceted in our history.

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ROI: 36 months

Project duration: 24 months

Team
Client: 4 to 6 engineers
Concept Systems: 4 to 10 engineers

Concept Systems’ time on site: 30 days

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The problem

Painters must quickly get very close to the aircraft. The manufacturer wanted to improve accuracy and efficiency, and eliminate costly delays caused by the need to repark aircraft during the painting process. The customer also wanted to improve the air-handling system to make painting and curing more efficient. At the same time, the customer wanted to simplify systemwide maintenance procedures.

The solution

Using 3D modeling, multiple PCs, a PLC interface, and theodolite surveying equipment, Concept engineers developed one of the most unique, sophisticated collision avoidance methods ever designed. The operator cranes can quickly reach within 4 inches or less of the aircraft without risk of contacting it. And yet this complex system uses consistent controllers and software across the system.

The results

The system allows for flexible aircraft parking and operator-friendly interaction while maintaining extreme accuracy and improving efficiency and productivity. Because we paid close attention to consistent platforms and programming structures throughout, the customer’s maintenance crew now has to know only one platform for systemwide troubleshooting and modification.

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