When parts or full airframes reach the end of their life span, automation and other Industry 4.0 systems shall support recycling processes to increase the value of the constituent composite and metal materials.

The aim of this step is the development and demonstration of an automated rivet removal robot, suitable for aircraft fuselage dismantling.

The prototype of the rivet removal robot has a target removal rate of 1000 rivets per hour, paving the way to economically viable materials separation. It is estimated that such material segregation raises the value of aircraft aluminium fuselage scrap material with a factor 3.