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Boeing brings back humans after automation problems on 777 assembly

Added 11-14-19 05:03:02pm EST - “Boeing Co has scaled back use of automation to make fuselage sections for its 77...” - Reuters.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Reuters.com: “Boeing brings back humans after automation problems on 777 assembly”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

(Reuters) - Boeing Co (BA.N) has scaled back use of automation to make fuselage sections for its 777 jetliners amid reports of reliability issues and returned to having mechanics do some of the work, the planemaker said on Thursday.

The company began to build 777 fuselages in 2015 in an upright orientation, with robots drilling holes and installing fasteners, an initiative known as fuselage automated upright build (FAUB).

The world’s biggest planemaker said it had stopped using robots for the forward and rear sections of the fuselage. According to industry sources, the system had caused problems with reliability and rework issues.

Boeing had faced delays last year when the FAUB machine was tried out on existing versions of the 777. (reut.rs/2KjsQtl)

Instead, the company is switching to “flex tracks” - an automated method to drill the holes along the circumference of the airplane that are then fastened manually.

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