Commercial Aircraft Fuselage Panel Handling
A below-the-hook vacuum lifter was designed to be supported from the existing overhead crane system. Using the radio control, a single operator can attach to each different panel, lift it from the transportation vehicle, rotate either 90 or 180 degrees and place in the dunnage, storage pogo or place it into position during final assembly. PLC logic activates the appropriate vacuum circuits for each panel type; multiple safety systems provide reliable, safe operation in the event of power or component failure. Vacuum cups by Vicas (http://www.vi-cas.com/products/) provide the compliance needed to handle the various contour changes.