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Eurocopter mounting fixture

05.07.06

Potential savings in production

Although sophisticated constructions made of aluminium modular system components tend to be more expensive than their steel counterparts, Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH opted for the Building Kit System made by item Industrietechnik und Maschinenbau when they designed the assembly lines for their helicopters. Apart from the enhanced flexibility and speed with which different constructions can be set up, the world leader in helicopter manufacturing has also been able to accelerate its assembly throughput for helicopter components by employing the modular system.

Eurocopter, with its headquarters near Marseilles, is the world leader in the production of helicopters for both civil and military use. Besides its rotor blade manufacturing facility near Paris, the company has a production facility in Donauwörth, Germany and a product development facility in Ottobrunn, near Munich. "Helicopters are not mass production items. They are made in small series of up to 500 units and specifically fitted out to meet the customer's specifications", explains Reinhold Grosskopf, Manager of Production Machinery Design, Central Production, at Eurocopter in Donauwörth. Grosskopf and his 23-strong team of designers are employed in the company's in-house production machinery department. "One can easily imagine that designing our production machinery to be highly flexible demands an open-minded approach in terms of the various assembly set-ups required for helicopter components", Grosskopf points out.

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