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Robotic Maskant Application

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8100-18-C-0003
Agency Tracking Number: F172-003-0162
Amount: $149,945.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF172-003
Solicitation Number: 2017.2
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-11-27
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-09-23
Small Business Information
One Mifflin Place
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
DUNS: 007341493
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Ryan D Penning
 (888) 547-4100
Business Contact
 James D English
Phone: (888) 547-4100
Research Institution

Plating, plasma spraying, and other coating techniques require masking, covering the surfaces that are not to be treated. Masking is difficult for complex parts. It can take days and risk damage to the part, and human talent for masking is hard to find and keep. To address this difficulty, robotics offers a solution that is efficient, safe, and reliable. Energid will develop a hardware/software robotic system for the Air Force that is optimized for masking. It will use a spray-type applicator and be extendable to other types. Sensors will be applied to analyze the shape of each part to be masked and use this information to create an intuitive user interface for configuring the masking process. For repeat and similar parts, the operator-configured masking process will be stored in a database and reused. This will enable the system to efficiently mask all types of parts even when drawings are not available. A cost-benefit analysis tool will be designed and integrated into the user interface. In Phase I, Energid will create a design, a prototype user interface, and demonstrate the system in software simulation. To do this quickly, Energid will apply its commercial Actin software toolkit for robot simulation and control.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

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