Boeing also held a presentation on the development of Orbital Drilling for the Boeing 787 during a technical session on the 17th of September.
In the presentation, Eric Whinnem concluded;
'The development effort for orbital drilling in these most challenging materials used on the 787 has lead to a breakthrough in orbital drilling technology. With orbital drilling technology we have overcome many of the challenges faced to drill in these materials.
The right technology at the right time!'
The paper, 2008-01-2317 Development of Orbital Drilling for the Boeing 787, is available on the SAE web site.
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At the Novator booth, the latest in Orbital Drilling where presented and the Orbital Portable M-Series where displayed. In the KUKA Systems booth, an Orbital End Effector was mounted on a KUKA robot