Multi-function end effector (MFEE)

The multi-function end effector is our solution for automated drilling, countersinking, sealant application and the setting of rivets in aircraft construction. It takes on important assembly steps and performs them independently and with extreme precision.

Multi-function end effector: multi-talented assembly specialist

The multi-function end effector can be used as part of stationary cells, with cooperating riveting robots and on KUKA mobile robotic platforms. Thanks to its integrated modules, it easily and independently carries out important assembly tasks on aircraft components, such as wings, doors and fuselage.

Advantages of the KUKA multi-function end effector

Versatile and flexible

Our multi-function end effector is fitted with a configurable barrel. With its six positions and different modules, it is equipped for a wide range of different tasks.

Fast and reliable

With the KUKA multi-function end effector, you can depend on high-quality assembly. It masters even difficult assembly tasks effortlessly.

Fully automated

With the KUKA multi-function end effector, you can automate your drilling and riveting operations in next to no time. It selects and switches between the appropriate functions automatically.

Components of the multi-function end effector

The KUKA multi-function end effector is fitted with a reconfigurable barrel with six positions for drilling and riveting. The barrel contains the following modules: spindle, vision, sealant application, rivet setting, quality and hammer modulesWe also have suitable end effectors for milling, measuring and many other tasks.

Drilling module: precision positioning

The KUKA multi-function end effector can drill holes of different diameters, as all drilling modules fit on the same drilling spindle.

The motion of the drilling spindle is controlled by a precise drive. In this way, we can guarantee high precision and quality – with every repetition.

The drilling module of the multi-function end effector ensures maximum flexibility.

Rivet setting unit: strong hold

The KUKA multi-function end effector works with a special rivet setting unit: a vacuum system holds the rivets in the module and automatically feeds them for insertion. This enables extremely accurate work with solid rivets, lockbolts and blind rivets.

The multi-function end effector assembles components – and ensures a perfect hold.

Slip compensation and normal compensation

The multi-function end effector has slip compensation and normal compensation functions. In conjunction with analog sensors and laser measurement, these functions stabilize the high-speed end effector and ensure exact positioning with free motion of the barrel. At the same time, the rear part remains absolutely stable.

The sensors for slip compensation and normal compensation ensure stability and precision.

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