Automated aircraft inlet coating

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-13-M-5052
Agency Tracking Number: F131-114-0685
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2013
Solicitation Topic Code: AF131-114
Solicitation Number: 2013.1
Small Business Information
125 Jet Plex Circle, Madison, AL, -
DUNS: 183652341
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Bohan
 VP of Operations
 (256) 319-1155
Business Contact
 Kirk McLauchlin
Title: Owner/President
Phone: (256) 319-1150
Research Institution
ABSTRACT: Aerobotix personnel have engineered and delivered eight turn-key robotic painting systems to apply performance coatings to the inlet ducts of several major programs. These successful systems are comprised of off-the-shelf FANUC robots outfitted with long composite tools to reach inside the inlets and accurately deposit coatings. Aerobotix proposes to expand the capability of existing, mature designs to include the additional complex articulation required for inspection/painting at the depot level. Aerobotix'approach can use the paint paths the AF has paid for and validated to execute complete or partial repairs. If we use similar robotic technology we will know where to position the paint nozzle throughout the duct to create a successful part. This approach allows the re-use of the process settings and manufacturing knowledge required to create parts that meet stringent performance requirements. In Phase I Aerobotix will determine how much additional articulation is required and will demonstrate an advanced end-of-arm tool. BENEFIT: This effort will validate that enhanced articulation capability can be added to off-the-shelf robotics to support depot/field level repair of coatings. This technology will reduce the cost of repairs as depot contractors will have confidence in purchasing a turn-key robotic system capable of executing the work.

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