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Portable Laser Removal Tool

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2013 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F112-110-0720
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF112-110
Solicitation Number:
2011.2
Small Business Information
General Lasertronics
830 Jury Ct. Suite 5 San Jose, CA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: Portable Laser Removal Tool
Agency: DOD
Contract: FA8650-13-C-5176
Award Amount: $748,129.00
 

Abstract:

ABSTRACT: The proposed portable, hand-held laser tool will enable efficient field or depot maintenance of specialty coatings and outer mold line (OML) materials on advance Air Force weapon systems. Laser pulses are scanned over a coated surface with optimal power, energy and positional control to remove a specific thickness without risk of damage to the substrate material. In Phase 1, the contractor demonstrated the feasibility of using closed loop electronics to automatically remove operator-specified layers of multi-layer coatings. The operator selects the surface color for removal and designates a specific removal area. When the system is triggered, the laser produces pulses at a rate of 10,000 per second, and optics in the tool move the laser target point so that the pulses cannot dwell on one spot. Between pulses, sensors interrogate the surface and electronics compare the sensor signal to an operator-specified criterion. The Phase II system concept will not involve robotic positioning, but a COTS counter-weight positioning device will be included in the design to relieve the operator of the requirement to lift the tool, its umbilical, and waste collection hose. The operator will receive graphical interface information from position tracking sensors to place the tool in the optimum position for coatings removal. To focus SBIR funds on product development, the contractor will provide a legacy laser but conduct product design for a state of technology COTS laser. The goal of the project is to build and demonstrate a field-worthy production prototype with a capability of at least TRL 7. Lasertronics anticipates participation of subject matter experts from OEM organizations and testing services of a ARL-Penn State an experienced UARC BENEFIT: Cost effective, less time consuming aircraft maintenance

Principal Investigator:

James W. Thomas
Vice President, Engineeri
(408) 947-1181
jthomas@lasertronics.com

Business Contact:

Mitchell R. Wool
Vice President, Programs
(408) 947-1181
mwool@lasertronics.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

General Lasertronics
830 Jury Ct. Suite 5 San Jose, CA -

EIN/Tax ID: 770429606
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No