The support tool allows the handling of the panels during wiring, the ``storage'' of wired panels, and the gluing of the panels to a box.
If used properly the tool guarantees deviations of the flat panel surfaces with respect to the flatness of the template surface of less than 0.1 mm.
The tool consists of a 5 (2.5) m long support
bar built from a alu-honeycomb composite. Along its length the bar has
4 (2) feet on each side. The feet are used as reference for positioning.
The above quoted flatness of less than
0.1~mm is only guaranteed if the feet stand on a flat (deviations <0.1mm ) surface.
During the production process the flatness of the panel is only equired during three production steps:
positioning of the panel on the support-tool gluing the panel on the straws in the template gluing the box
All other production steps allow slight deviations from the flatness and thus they also demand less precise surfaces (tables) to pose the support-tool.
A protoype of the support tool has
been built and the panel handling was tested: panels are kept in
their initial positions (defined by flat tables) within the requierd 0.1mm.
Available technical note: Panel Support, Handling and Gluing ToolNote includes details on the dimensions and also test results of a prototype.
Technical drawing: Overview Technical drawings of all parts