At Airbus’ A320-family factory in Hamburg, the new automated line for fuselage structure assembly is spectacular—mainly because aviation has heretofore been relatively shy about using robots to put major components together. The line in Hangar 245, which Airbus hopes will set a new company standard, may be seen in the medium term as a key step in the airframer’s drive toward automation and digital continuity. Those two goals are expected to make production smoother, among ...


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