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A new-generation plant for assembling the future E-Fan



A 1,500 m² will be built near the runways of Mérignac airport to assemble the future electric plane.

New plane means new production methods. The plant, that will cover an area of 1,500 square metres near the Mérignac airport runways, will not be like its siblings.

Moreover, though we know its planned capacity within the next few years: 80 aircraft per year, we have no idea of the number of employees.

Indeed, Airbus intends to use the E-Fan, along with this « experimental plant, to test innovative means of production », explains Emmanuel Joubert, the E-Fan project manager.


This « factory of the future » should, amongst others, make use of cobotics, consisting in allowing robots and workers to collaborate, along with augmented reality. This work method, involving the use of special glasses, combines virtual images with the actual environment.
« For an industrialist, a new production tool is easier to implement for small production runs »states Francis Delborde, founder of Aéro Composites Saintonge, that produced the current E-Fan.
  Futur E-FAN

The first demonstration flight of the E-Fan, a small electrically propelled trainer developed by Airbus Group, was held on Friday 25 April at the Bordeaux-Mérignac airport

 





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