It Takes 60,000 Rivets and Two Robots to Build a Boeing 777 Fuselage

It Takes 60,000 Rivets and Two Robots to Build a Boeing 777 Fuselage

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(upbeat electronic music)

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[Narrator] If you think riding

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in an airplane is exhausting,

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To keep those metal tubes

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from disintegrating in midair,

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Boeing employees install some 60,000 rivets

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It’s the kind of hard, repetitive work

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that can injure your shoulders, back, and arms,

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so Boeing brought in the robots.

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This is the Fuselage Automated Upright Build,

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also known as FAUB.

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it’s been working on Boeing 777 assembly line,

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helping bolt together sections of fuselage.

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The robots start by drilling thousands of holes

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where those panels meet.

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Then they work in pairs

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to install the rivets that will lock them together.

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One arm fires the rivet,

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while its friendo on the other side of the panel

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holds the bucking bar that forces the rivet into place.

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They use laser vision systems

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to make sure they’re working in exactly the same spot.

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Even better, these are free range robots.

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They move around the assembly line

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on autonomous guided vehicles.

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After the human employees put the fuselage panels in place,

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the robots waltz in and bolt everything together.

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For Boeing, the benefits are clear,

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faster, more efficient workers

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that don’t demand healthcare,

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and ultimately, the ability to build more planes

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And you, dear flyer,

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you can stop complaining already.

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