While robots have been commonplace on car production lines for decades, it is only in the last few years that they have started performing significant work at aircraft assembly sites. This might seem strange since aircraft production features the type of repetitive task ideally suited to robots and indeed, it is riveting and hole-drilling that Boeing and Airbus have focused on in the past few years: Boeing now uses robots to rivet certain 777 sections together, while Airbus has installed a ...

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