Automated removal robots working for the DoD

Aug 9, 2013

Automated material removal robots are working for the department of defense and providing great results. The U.S. Department of Defense are using the industrial material removal robots on their aircraft. All helicopters and tiltrotors are impact blasted to help remove the paint and automated robots help to reduce the risk of damage and increase the consistency of removal.


While robots may apply paint or coat­ing to ele­ments when they are being fab­ri­cat­ed, there are also robots that auto­mate the removal of those paints and coat­ings as well. This auto­mat­ed removal has been adopt­ed by sev­er­al indus­tries, and even by the U.S. Depart­ment of Defense to use on their aircraft.

Accord­ing to the Nation­al Cen­ter for Man­u­fac­tur­ing Sci­ences, almost all heli­copters and tiltro­tors today have com­pos­ite main rotor blades that are sand­ed by hand, as well as impact-blast­ed to remove the paint, when need­ed. By using this man­u­al removal process, instead of auto­mat­ed removal, there is an increased risk of dam­age to the blades because of lack of appli­ca­tion consistency.

Also, the cen­ter states that the process not only lacks con­sis­ten­cy, but costs a lot of time as well. It takes a crew 372 hours to com­plete the removal process on the V‑22 Osprey, to ready it for the repair process, which only allows the crew to com­plete one air­craft a month for repairs.

By automat­ing removal of the paint and coat­ings from the V‑22 blades with a laser strip­ping sys­tem, the DoD would save $100k a year, as well as speed­ing up the auto­mat­ed removal process, allow­ing more air­craft through in that month time­frame. This will also great­ly reduce the haz­ardous waste that can be gen­er­at­ed dur­ing the process.

While the DoD is still test­ing this new robot­ic auto­mat­ed removal process, Robots​.com has sev­er­al robot mod­els avail­able that can auto­mate removal in sev­er­al dif­fer­ent ways. We have robots that sand, drill, route and mill, along with many oth­er removal processes.

Robots​.com is a cer­ti­fied inte­gra­tor for Motoman, KUKA, ABB, Uni­ver­sal Robots, and Fanuc indus­tri­al robot­ics. Our high­ly-qual­i­fied staff will work with you to build a sys­tem that is per­fect for automat­ing your removal process.

For more infor­ma­tion about automat­ing removal with Robots​.com, con­tact us today online or at 8777626881.

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