Assembly tower

  • US 5,896,637 A
  • Filed: 09/25/1996
  • Issued: 04/27/1999
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/25/1996
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. An assembly tower apparatus for supporting a tool and for assisting in the construction of large aircraft components;

  • said assembly tower apparatus comprising;

    a base;

    a platform operationally coupled to said base for supporting an indiviual thereon and for movement relative thereto;

    a fastening tool disposed on said platform;

    a drive system operatively associated with one of said base and said platform for moving said base freely on a ground surface and for moving said platform vertically relative to said base in response to a selected control signal;

    a control system for selectively generating and communicating control signals to said drive means;

    a tower guidance system disposed fixedly relative to said ground surface and adiacent said work-piece providing a defined path of movement adjacent said workpiece;

    a guidance element associated with said base and engageable with said tower guidance system for limiting movement of said base on said ground surface in accordance with said defined path when said guidance element and said base are interengaged, and said base being freely moveable outside of said defined path when said guidance element is not engaged with said tower guidance system; and

    said control system being responsive to information input thereto by said individual to precisely control movement of said apparatus to thereby effect controlled movement of said platform in three axes and to cause said base to become engaged or disengaged with said guidance element.

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