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Current challenges in the aeronautics industry

Demoulding gripper. Courtesy of Airbus CBC.

Demoulding gripper. Courtesy of Airbus CBC.

In recent years the aeronautics industry has faced challenges arising partly from increasing energy prices and the need to decrease emissions, but also from growth in the popularity of air travel. The entry of millions of passengers into the market has led to the creation of dozens of new airlines, leading to an unprecedented demand for planes.

The need for greater fuel economy has resulted in the use of lighter materials that are combined for use in the structures of planes. The quest for more efficient planes has resulted in a new generation of engines and the accelerated replacement of obsolete models with others that are more modern. The demand for planes has made it necessary to introduce new production techniques and processes that can reach production ratios undreamed not long ago. Delivering 60 single-aisle planes per month, as Airbus and Boeing propose (in addition to all of the plane deliveries already sold for coming years), is a challenge that would have been difficult to imagine several years ago.

SENER is at the forefront of this revolution, supplying turnkey projects for aerostructure production and assembly lines.

SENER is at the forefront of this revolution, supplying turnkey projects for aerostructure production and assembly lines with increasing production rates and greater automation. Furthermore, with ITP, SENER is an important partner for Rolls-Royce in the production of a new generation of engines.

The production and assembly lines for the latest Airbus and Boeing planes have introduced concepts that until recent years were exclusive to high-volume production sectors such as those for the automotive industry: pulse or continuous lines, robots, automated production cells without human intervention, and so on. And the ramping up of production for these programs is making the process faster still.

SENER is now designing and delivering highly automated turnkey projects for aerostructure production and assembly lines for Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier and Embraer, with the company upholding its technological vocation in these projects by applying its expertise to the processes where the greatest challenges are at any given time.

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Manual Guided Vehicle (MGV) demoulding and handling. Courtesy of Airbus CBC. Demoulding robotic cell. Courtesy of Airbus CBC.

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