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Lockheed Martin has migrated its F-35 Lightning II robotic painting workcells to Dassault Systemes’ Delmia Robotics.

Lockheed Martin’s implementation of Delmia Robotics has made the company’s manufacturing processes more efficient, leveraging a common interface across its Catia design authoring and Delmia digital manufacturing solutions.

Lockheed Martin uses simulations to verify that the robots will reach all the painting positions while avoiding any collisions.

Automating the paint and coatings process provides significant time savings, as well as better process control.

Protecting workers from potentially harmful paint fumes is an added benefit of robots.

Lockheed Martin currently employs the robotic solution in two different automated paint cells, both configured on moving rail systems.

A three-robot cell is dedicated to painting the aircraft exterior and a two-robot cell is configured to handle a variety of F-35 components.

Both the physical cell and the robot programming have been designed for flexibility through optimisation and verification of the programs in the virtual Delmia environment so that the company can paint different mixes of components at different times.

Enhancements within the Delmia Cenit Fastsurf solution make it easier to modify existing robot programs for significant time gains.

Previous solutions required extensive rework any time a component design changed.

Now with Fastsurf, adapting to a part change can be as simple as plugging a new parameter in the setup strategy.

Additionally, this solution allows Lockheed Martin to monitor the thickness of coatings – a critical factor in ensuring that aircraft meet design requirements – through a query option at any point in the application.

In addition to the Delmia Robotics solution, Lockheed Martin also uses Dassault Systemes Virtual Ergonomics and DPM Assembly solutions.

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As a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, Dassault Systèmes brings value to more than 100,000 customers in 80 countries. A pioneer in the 3D software market since 1981, Dassault Systèmes develops and markets PLM application software and services that support industrial processes and provide a 3D vision of the entire lifecycle of products from conception to maintenance to recycling. The Dassault systems portfolio consists of CATIA for designing the virtual product – SolidWorks for 3D mechanical design – DELMIA for virtual production – SIMULIA for virtual testing – ENOVIA for global collaborative lifecycle management, and 3DVIA for online 3D lifelike experiences. Dassault Systèmes is listed on the Nasdaq (DASTY) and Euronext Paris (#13065) stock exchanges. For more information, visit our website.

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