This paper describes what began over ten years ago as a concept to automate a bespoke welding system, highlighting its evolution from the research laboratories of The University of Sheffield to become a platform technology for aerospace re-manufacturing developed though industry-academia collaboration.
The design process, funding mechanisms, research and development trials, and interaction between robotic technology and experienced welding engineers has made possible the construction of a robotic aerospace turbofan jet engine blade re-manufacturing system.
This paper discusses a joint collaborative research and development project carried out by VBC Instrument Engineering Limited and The University of Sheffield who are funded by Innovate-UK with the Aerospace Technology Institute, the Science and Facilities Technology Council (STFC) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
This paper can be accessed via IEEE Xplore website.
Presented at the IEEE 21st International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation (ETFA), 2016