Robotics is bringing much-needed automation to the aviation industry. By incorporating robotics in aviation, the industry is witnessing an increased collaboration between humans and robots, which is improving aeroplane manufacturing, maintenance and testing.
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Applications of robotics in the aviation industry
Robots are being increasingly used on assembly lines for faster and more efficient production of aircraft. Robots work in pairs similar to humans, saving time and increasing productivity. Manufacturers are also testing robotic exoskeletons to perform heavy lifting and other tasks and relieve the pressure on human workers.
Robotic inspection of aircraft reduces the required time from hours to minutes. This gives maintenance engineers plenty of time to perform other significant tasks. At present, remotely operated robots are designed to send high-resolution images to ground crew following inspection of aircraft surfaces. These can be used to evaluate and decide if repairs are required.
Robotic-based systems are now being used for taking over flight after take-off and safely guiding it to a landing, even in bad weather and poor visibility.
Collaborative robots such as robotic arms are also being used within the cockpit to automate tasks such as interacting with cockpit controls.
Robots at airports
Many airports across the globe have started using robots to assist passengers, answer queries, act as guides, and provide cleaning services.