The final assembly of aircraft presents enormous challenges on the means of transport that convey the fuselage, the aircraft and the mobile work platforms along the final assembly line. The conditions impose extremely high requirements with considerable cost impact. The use of air cushion transport systems offers a particularly effective and flexible solution to these problems.
DELU has developed innovative tape-guided air cushion robot vehiclesfor transport of the fuselage and remote-controlled, tape-guided air cushion running gears for the various construction points (cockpit platform, wing root section platforms, tail platforms, mid-section platforms, cargo hold platforms and engine platforms). These computer-controlled vehicles combine the properties of air cushion transport systems and driverless transport systems (AGVs), i.e. enormous flexibility and positioning accuracy alongside a high degree of automation.