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Advanced Manufacturing

Robotic & Configurable Fixtures

Configurable fixtures can eliminate dedicated tooling and the associated design, production, maintenance storage, and handling costs. Our solutions result in impactful ROI and gains in efficiency and productivity.

A robotic fixture can allow an entire family of parts to be managed with one fixture that remains within the machine footprint.

Benefits of Robotic & Configurable Fixtures:

Robotic or configurable fixtures provide effective means to support a variety of parts for processing in a system. Unlike dedicated part specific tooling, Configurable Fixtures support families of parts and reduce or completely eliminate the need for storage, handling and maintenance of dedicated tools. PAR can design and develop robotic or configurable fixtures to address your full range of parts while ensuring the fixture is appropriate for your manufacturing process.

  • Eliminate costs of dedicated tools associated with: Design/Build, Qualification, Handling, Storage, and Maintenance
  • Saves time associated with introduction and removal of dedicated tools
  • Eliminates lead time associated with new tools or modifications
  • Improves safety: Eliminates risks to personnel from handling heavy and awkward tools
  • Eliminate tool damage from handling and storage errors
  • Provides easy accommodation of design changes and introduction of new parts, without the cost of new tools
  • Maintains quality: PAR designs the entire system to use the appropriate processes and Adaptive Manufacturing techniques to make Robotic and Configurable tools successful for your manufacturing operations

Proven strategies & techniques for tackling manufacturing challenges.

PAR has developed various Adaptive manufacturing strategies that utilize various patented techniques to enable the production of critical components and assemblies with exacting tolerances despite uncertainties of location, size, contour, and other factors. From mapping as-built conditions and morphing tool paths to match, utilizing integrated process heads, to robotic and configurable fixtures. When the magnitude of the uncertainty is larger than the tolerances required, PAR patented techniques and optimized system designs provide the solution for automating the manufacturing process.

Technical Information

Processes that can use robotic & configurable fixtures

  • Assembly
  • Cutting & trimming
  • Cleaning
  • Inspection
  • Drilling
  • Additive materials
  • Material removal
  • Laser precessing
  • Sealant and adhesive applications

Features of systems with configurable fixtures

  • Scan/Measure parts and assemblies to determine as-built condition
  • Adjust tool paths to match actual part/assembly
  • Active seam tracking
  • Accommodates contour uncertainty
  • Accounts for assembly manufacturing tolerances
  • Automatic calibration
  • Advanced part verification
  • Capable of detecting and measuring part defects
  • Automatic tool loading and unloading

Case Study:
An adaptive solution

A fixture design was developed for a family of parts. While all similar in function, the parts were widely diverse in length, height, width and angularity. There are over 800 unique parts processed on the robotic fixture. The fixture is comprised of 38 individual FANUC LR Mate robots that were programmed to unique positions and poses based on local part geometry. The robotic fixture accommodates variations within the part family, while maintaining the integrity of the part to its nominal contour.

Jim C.
Chief Engineer, PAR Systems
We focus on automation so our customers can focus on the aircraft.
Jim C.
Chief Engineer, PAR Systems