Dual Sander/High-Pressure Water Cleaning (HP WC) Unit for Recoat Surface Preparation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N47408-02-C-7303
Agency Tracking Number: N021-0026
Amount: $0.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Aqua-Dyne, Inc.
3620 W. 11th Street, Houston, TX, 77008
DUNS: 073913394
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mark Naedler
 Design Engineer
 (713) 864-6929
 mnaedler@aqua-dyne.com
Business Contact
 George Rankin
Title: President
Phone: (713) 864-6929
Email: grankin@aqua-dyne.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
"The production of an automated robotic unit capable of preparinga surface for recoat, without the need to strip the surface tobare metal, can save the surface preparation industry tens ofmillions of dollars in time and clean-up costs by eliminatingslow and dangerous manual labor. The construction of a self-contained portable pump and vacuum unit to power the roboticcrawler created in Phase I will make on-site trials possible forresearch, marketing, and production. In phase I it was proventhe dual sander/high pressure water-cleaning unit is capable oftraversing a laboratory test wall while preparing the surface forrecoat. To bring the product to market, it will be necessary toperform tests on location. Real life conditions will need to beencountered to refine the robotic unit for commercial use.BENEFITS: Completing the development of phase I will bring the surface preparation industry a new method of surface preparation. The remotely operated tool will remove many of the present hazards,including working at dangerous heights. It will speed the process of surface preparation up to 300% in many situations. It will automatically contain the waste, preserving the environment. It will benefit the user economically, because of theperformance quality, speed, and relative initial cost."

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