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was Crystal Parrott of the Southwest Research Institute, who talked
about supersized robots and their
applications to large-scale surface
processing ( painting, remov ing
paint, polishing, etc.); inspection;
and other ma intena nce, repa ir,
and overhaul activities. These applications typically have requirements (reach, payload, hazardous
environment, etc.) that preclude
the use of standard commercial
robots. Parrot described a series
of programs from the 1990s to the
present that resulted in fielded systems for painting and/or removing
paint of F-15, F-16, F-22, and C-130
aircraft and also tactical wheeled
vehicles such as the Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP)
and High Mobility Multipurpose
Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV).
She also described various enabling technologies, such as the ability to use high-powered laser scanners to remove surface coatings,
localization techniques that allow
robots to operate in more unstructured workspaces, and mounting
robots on mobile platforms in lieu
of fixed scaffolding or gantries to facilitate access around large objects.
These technology-enablers have led

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aES Society Distinguished Lecturer george t. Schmidt (left) and Chapter
Chair Walt Downing (right) visit before the morning presentation. Schmidt
is aES Society VP of member Services and Downing is aES Society VP of
technical Operations.

to an ongoing program to develop
the world's largest mobile robot to
remove surface coatings from commercial aircraft as large as the A380.
She concluded with a vision of the
future for large robotic systems in
other applications such as applying

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coatings with ink-jet type technology to create complex paint patterns
and images on large surfaces. Twenty-two people attended the presentation and remained to enjoy free pizza and soda afterward. Another seven
people par ticipated by webcast.



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