Peck Aircraft Drill Motor Manipulator Wing Skin Drilling Safety Improvement


Aerospace industry operators required a device to assist operators in the handling and manipulation of Peck drills during the set-up process for wing skin drilling. Operators were manually carrying the 45 lb. drills up stepladders and holding them over their heads while attaching the drills to the wing skins.


A dual-balance controlled manipulator arm designed to attach to the wing jig fixture was provided, allowing operators to raise, lower and position the Peck drills effortlessly. Three manipulators, mounted at specific locations on the jig, allow the operators to reach every hole with the drill; an articulating gimbal at the end of the manipulator allows the drill to be positioned to the proper angle for attachment to the wing.