Top flight help from Bosch Rexroth

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Drives and controls manufacturer Bosch Rexroth has helped aerospace manufacturers meet the challenges of working at height.

The company gave a live demonstration of its latest aluminium staging technology at this year's MRO Europe at London's ExCel (24 – 26 September). Bosch Rexroth engineers Andy Minturn and Mark Dash used the show to describe how they worked closely with aerospace automation expert Electroimpact to design an ergonomic manufacturing system for the Airbus A350 XWB. The project saw both companies meet the challenges of going from vertical to horizontal wing manufacture, including ensuring under cover and under structure access. The result is a manufacturing system that is ergonomically sound, optimised for the latest lean manufacturing techniques and integrated with automated processes. Airbus can add to or modify the system when needed, marking a key difference from traditional welded structures. Andy Minturn, specialist sales, said: "Our latest staging technology has proved hugely popular for aerospace manufacture, maintenance and repair. It's the perfect solution for a whole range of access challenges and has the added benefit of being easily adapted as and when needed, making it ideal for a cutting edge sector such as aerospace. "Perhaps of even more value to our customers is our ability to provide a team of experts who can work with them to optimise processes and design a system that best suits their needs."