Terminally Guided Robots and Robotic Applications in Confined Spaces

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-07-M-5504
Agency Tracking Number: F063-011-0048
Amount: $99,929.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: AF063C-011
Solicitation Number: 2006.3
Small Business Information
47019 Five Mile Road, Plymouth, MI, 48105
DUNS: 013476390
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Brett Bordyn
 Principal Investigator
 (734) 414-0035
Business Contact
 Kim Markey
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (734) 414-0035
Email: kim@vrs-inc.com
Research Institution
Variation Reduction Solutions, Inc. (VRSI) has created a partnership with Comau Pico to address the Air Force’s stated desire to increase the use of robotics in aerospace manufacturing. Standard articulating arm robots are not currently in widespread use due to their inability to hold aerospace manufacturing tolerances. The current industry trend to create perfect robots through the use of correction modeling and software can be expensive while resulting in complex systems with no in-process positional verification. The robot arm that can fit in and reach through the confined space will likely have deflection under gravity and drilling loads. Additionally, many commercial guidance packages can’t meet the accuracy requirements or won’t fit the confined space application. To address these issues and meet the aggressive Phase 1 timeline and production schedule for the F-35, VRSI proposes a method to utilize off-the-shelf robots and existing metrology industry hardware in an innovative solution that provides the required accuracy, process control, validation, and robustness. Together with our partner Comau Pico, we offer a comprehensive metrology-based system solution for inlet duct robotic drilling with a technology approach that will meet the process requirements and enable the broader use of robots in aerospace manufacturing.

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