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Terminally Guided Robots and Robotic Applications in Confined Spaces

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
81860
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F063-011-0048
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Variation Reduction Solutions Inc
14901 Galleon Court Plymouth, MI -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Terminally Guided Robots and Robotic Applications in Confined Spaces
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8650-07-C-5519
Award Amount: $3,597,730.00
 

Abstract:

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NGC) has a contract with Lockheed Martin to design, build, and produce the center fuselage section of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF F-35). There are three ducts which are the primary components of this section - the aft duct and two forward (inlet) ducts - right and left. Due to their length, curvature, and extremely tight constraints, the RH & LH inlet ducts present a challenge for a number of process requirements - drilling, painting, sanding. At the narrowest, the internal dimension is only 15 inches. The drilling tasks are currently performed using manual operators. The ergonomic, quality, throughput, and production standards and hurdles were compelling enough for NGC to consider robotic drilling as a viable and necessary alternative to manual drilling. The focus of this SBIR Phase II effort is to further develop and improve the capability to accurately drill holes in composite materials in extremely constrained areas using a robot enhanced by metrology, a miniature drill head and a low thrust cutter. At the completion of this Phase II effort, the robotic drill cell should be at a production representative system level, commonly referred to as Manufacturing Readiness Level 7 (MRL-7).

Principal Investigator:

Brett Bordyn
Principal Investigator
7344140035
brettb@vrs-inc.com

Business Contact:

Kim Markey
CFO
7344140035
kim@vrs-inc.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

VARIATION REDUCTION SOLUTIONS, INC.
47019 Five Mile Road Plymouth, MI 48105

EIN/Tax ID: 383431680
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No