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Lufthansa Technik has developed the first robot in the world for fully automated tests of cockpit controls. The test procedure is called RoCCET, which stands for Robot Controlled Cockpit Electronics Testing. In the future, RoCCET will be used to check the functionality of LED lights and switches on the basis of concrete, standardised measurement data. The robot-based procedure is currently in the integration phase.

 

The robot has integrated sensors to measure the forces that occur when switches are activated. In addition, it is equipped with several industrial cameras with which it captures all display instruments and any outer damage. With another camera, it measures the brightness of all displays from various angles. The robot is thus able to check all switches and LEDs just as well as a human, and perform defined functional tests.

 

The fully automated procedure reduces the testing effort by one to two hours per component, and provides concrete measurement data in accordance with uniform standards, for example, physical threshold values for the brightness of LEDs.

The robot-based test procedure will initially be used for cockpit controls on Airbus A320 and A350, as well as Boeing 787 aircraft. In the future, its use may also be extended to other cockpit and cabin controls on all aircraft types at various locations.

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