From riveting automation to Cobots - Broetje Automation celebrates 40 years of innovation for aerospace manufacturing

Rastede/Loy. 2019 will be a special year for the Broetje-Automation Group: The mechanical engineering company from the German North-West looks back on 40 successful years as a specialist in manufacturing and assembly technology for the aviation industry.

PowerRACe is the first robot specifically designed for applications in the aerospace industry developed by Broetje-Automation.
PowerRACe is the first robot specifically designed for applications in the aerospace industry developed by Broetje-Automation. // Photo: ©Broetje-Automation GmbH

Since the foundation of the company in 1979, Broetje-Automation has established as a turnkey supplier in the aviation industry worldwide. With over 850 employees at 24 locations in seven countries, the company today offers a comprehensive portfolio of manufacturing technologies for a wide variety of materials and applications in the aviation industry.

The company began forty years ago with manufacturing systems for the automotive industry, but quickly focused on applications for the aviation industry. The equipment, often developed in collaboration with partners and customers, laid the foundation for the leading drilling and riveting technology expertise the company is known for worldwide. This success is also based on a well-established network of suppliers and technology partners as well as an intensive dialogue with customers worldwide. For more than 10 years, Broetje-Automation has also been leveraging the state initiative Niedersachsen Aviation with its good network in Northern Germany.

The group has grown as a comprehensive provider of all types of manufacturing solutions up to complete production systems for the aerospace industry. Over the years, the product portfolio has been expanded to include further applications such as operational tooling, fully automated CFRP technology, sealing automation and assembly lines / assembly systems. Since 2013, Broetje-Automation has established BA Services GmbH as an independent unit to support customers worldwide in the service of production systems.

Broetje-Automation is one of the drivers for the implementation of Industry 4.0 in the aerospace industry, with the in-house development of a comprehensive software package ranging all the way to complex assembly/line management, which for the first time offers an integrated software solution for cross-machine production optimization.

The various robot systems that are revolutionizing production technology also play a special role here. As early as 2016 Broetje-Automation has introduced "PowerRACe", the world's first robot specifically developed for the aviation industry. In contrast to standard industrial robots, it is capable of meeting the demanding precision and stability requirements of the aerospace industry.

Broetje-Automation is also a driver of innovation in another robotics trend: Collaborative robots, so-called Cobots, are intelligent tools that close the gap between manual work on the shop floor and fully automated large-scale systems. Broetje-Automation has already successfully demonstrated various applications in aircraft production. The spectrum ranges from pure assembly support to more complex operations such as drilling, riveting or sealing.

With the constant further development of its service portfolio, the traditional company is well equipped for the next 40 years of innovation in aircraft production.

Contact

Broetje-Automation GmbH
Norbert Steinkemper
Vice President Communication and Marketing
Tel: +49 4402 966-141
norbert.steinkemperbroetje-automation.de

www.broetje-automation.com

  • The success story of Broetje-Automation began in 1979 with a Flexiport loading system for the automotive industry.
    The success story of Broetje-Automation began in 1979 with a Flexiport loading system for the automotive industry. // Photo: ©Broetje-Automation GmbH
 Wednesday, 19 December, 2018  10:58 [247 days]
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