Robotics facility in support of 777X to be outfitted with standard Boeing infrastructure
Kuka Aerospace announced that it is opening a brand new 29,000 square foot facility in Everett, Washington, only the second United States location for the German robot giant.
The new facility will mostly be used for service and maintenance and will be located right next to Boeing’s facility.
Currently, Kuka and Boeing are working together on a project known as Fuselage Automated Upright Build or FAUB, which allows for more efficient manufacturing of 777X aircraft by
using robots to install the fuselage’s approximately 60,000 fasteners, instead of manually by hand.
Elizabeth Lund, Boeing Vice President and General Manager of the 777 program and Everett site, said, “This is the first time such technology will be used by Boeing to manufacture
widebody commercial airplanes and the 777 program is leading the way.”