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Floor Panel Insert Tool

Honeycomb composite floor panels are used by Boeing and most commercial aircraft manufacturers. The panels have threaded metal inserts to provide attachment point for seats and other flight hardware. Installing the inserts in the predrilled holes require a significant amount of manual labor. In cooperation with Boeing MR&D personnel LEI was tasked with designing, building and testing a prototype tool that would simplify this task. The system would store the inserts and the epoxy bonding agent in a bulk storage device and using manual operation to find the holes, apply the epoxy and place the insert.