Stringer Insertion System Aircraft Manufacturing Assembly Handling
A rigid lifting beam handling system is utilized for the manipulation of the stringer assemblies. Each beam incorporates a vacuum plenum with multiple ports/valves designed to mate to designated ports on the compactor providing a system for accurately holding composite plies in position. The beams utilize adjustable bracket locations to accommodate various stringer sizes and to accommodate the handling of multiple stringers simultaneously. In addition, linear guide rails are provided on each bracket in order to allow for transverse movement of the stringer assemblies while being supported by the lifting beam system. The stringer handling systems incorporate a radio control allowing the operators to move about the area as needed while handling the various components.