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A LOW COST INFRARED SENSOR BASED SYSTEM FOR ROBOTIC WELDING

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
27206
Program Year/Program:
1995 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
27206
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
WELD STAR TECHNOLOGY, INC.
610 Jennifer Drive Auburn, AL 36830
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1995
Title: A LOW COST INFRARED SENSOR BASED SYSTEM FOR ROBOTIC WELDING
Agency: DOE
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $750,000.00
 

Abstract:

NONDESTRUCTIVE TESTING, IDENTIFICATION, AND REPAIR OF WELD DEFECTS HAVE BEEN DOCUMENTED TO CONSUME AS MUCH AS 25% OF THE TOTAL WELD PRODUCTION COST IN PIPELINES, SHIP FABRICATION, AND POWER GENERATING SYSTEMS. INFRARED SENSOR CONTROLLED WELDING SYSTEMS HAVE BEEN DEMONSTRATED THAT WOULD GREATLY REDUCE OR ELIMINATE EXPENSIVE, AFTER-THE-FACT NONDESTRUCTIVE TESTING AND WELD REPAIR. HOWEVER, THE COST OF THESE SYSTEMS HAS BEEN WELL OVER $60,000, AND HENCE COMMERCIALIZATION OF THIS TECHNOLOGY HAS NOT OCCURRED. THIS PROJECT WILL DEVELOP AN INFRARED SENSOR-BASED SYSTEM FOR WELD PROCESS CONTROL THAT IS NEARLY AN ORDER OF MAGNITUDE CHEAPER THAN CURRENT SYSTEMS. THIS COST WOULD PLACE THIS NEW TECHNOLOGY WELL WITHIN THE REACH OF PIPELINE, SHIP, AND HEAT TRANSFER PIPING FABRICATORS. THE LARGE COST REDUCTION IS DUE TO DEVELOPMENT OF A NEW LOW COST INFRARED SENSOR HEAD. IN PHASE I, PROTOTYPE SENSOR HEADS WILL BE CONSTRUCTED AND TESTED TO DEMONSTRATE THE ABILITY OF THE NEW SYSTEM TO IDENTIFY WELD PERTURBATIONS WHICH OCCUR DURING COMMERCIAL, LARGE SCALE WELDING OPERATIONS. THE ABILITY OF THE INFRARED SENSORS TO IDENTIFY VARYING DEPTHS OF WELD PENETRATION AND WELD MICROSTRUCTURE (MECHANICAL PROPERTIES) WILL BE TESTED. SENSOR SYSTEM SENSITIVITY, RESPONSE, AND ROBUSTNESS WILL BE EXAMINED TO DETERMINE THE APPLICABILITY OF THE DEVICE TO CONTROLLING THE WELDING PROCESS IN A HARSH WELDING ENVIRONMENT. BASED UPON THE SUCCESSFUL TESTING OF THE SENSOR SYSTEM, PHASE II RESEARCH WILL LEAD TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF A PROTOTYPE INFRARED SENSOR-BASED CONTROL SYSTEM FOR ROBOTIC WELDING.

Principal Investigator:

Mr Wing Y Chin
2058875886

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Weld Technology Inc.
8204 Gondola Dr Orlando, FL 32809

EIN/Tax ID: 593104803
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No