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SBIR Phase II: Methodology for Applying Haptic Robotics to Agile Manufacturing

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
79558
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
0539682
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Barrett Technology Inc
625 Mount Auburn Street Cambridge, MA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: SBIR Phase II: Methodology for Applying Haptic Robotics to Agile Manufacturing
Agency: NSF
Contract: 0646448
Award Amount: $500,000.00
 

Abstract:

This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase-II research project addresses safety, user -interface, and performance challenges uncovered in Phase I while adapting a haptic robot to the manufacturing environment for medium-production-run paint spraying. Haptics is an exciting field, but industry adoption has been slow. Yet without haptics in applications like medium-run paint spraying, the two alternatives (fully automated or fully manual) are unappealing. Robots are prohibitively expensive to program for short runs, and fully manual operations endanger worker health. The technologically revolutionary haptics field has not yet revolutionized manufacturing. Some manufacturing tasks lack good alternatives, especially in medium run production, where one must choose between high-cost, time-consuming robot programming versus poor worker health. Physical robot-craftsperson interaction will benefit these middle applications, if safe and intuitive.

Principal Investigator:

William K. Townsend
DEng
6172529000
wt@barrett.com

Business Contact:

William K. Townsend
DEng
6172529000
wt@barrett.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Barrett Technology Inc
625 MOUNT AUBURN ST Suite 110 CAMBRIDGE, MA 02138

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No