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Application Briefs

the challenge demonstrate innovative solutions across a range
of specialist areas including security technology.
Silent Sentinel is a well-established provider of surveillance
and security systems, with products already exported to over
50 countries worldwide. With headquarters in the UK, Silent
Sentinel Group has recently opened an office in Orlando,
Florida, as part of its wider commitment to supporting its
North American customer base.
According to Paul Elsey, Silent Sentinel's Managing Director, " The Build the Base of the Future Challenge has provided
a timely opportunity to showcase Silent Sentinel's electro optical expertise. We are committed to growing our footprint in

the United States, providing innovative and reliable security
systems to suit the needs of the US Department of Defense. "
Silent Sentinel's open Commercial Solutions Opening contract, means this solution is now readily available to the Department of Defense and other federal customers.
Silent Sentinel is a Hertfordshire-based manufacturer who
design, manufacture, and supply advanced surveillance and
security systems. They manufacture a range of cooled and uncooled thermal cameras, HD/4K visible cameras, and offer an
array of the latest technologies to create bespoke products for
their customers.
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Laser Cleaner Robot
Fastems, LLC
West Chester, OH
+1 513-779-4614
www.fastems.com

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astems is currently in the process of delivering two
Automated Structure Laser Cleaner (AutoSLC) units
for the F-35 Lightning II Wing Line. The delivery of
the new project is estimated to be completed sometime near the end of 2021.
Fastems' AutoSLC solution is based on a robotized
system, which is equipped with a laser ablation scan
head, designed to automatically remove primers and
other protective coatings from F-35 wing components.
Laser ablation provides a pristine surface to which nutplates can be mechanically bonded without using attach rivets. Previous methods of coating removal entailed manual sanding and solvent wiping, which
proved to be timely and yielded inconsistent bonding F-35 Lightnings (Image source and copyright: Lockheed Martin. Used with permission.)
results. The Fastems AutoSLC system will process more
duction based on the due date of the component, integrating
than 3,000 drilled holes, reducing touch labor hours and improcessing phases and machining. The LUSI stations allow opproving aircraft quality for the end customer.
erators to carry out pre-assembly tasks and adjustments erThe AutoSLC's new technical advancements, such as autogonomically. This latest MTTL solution has already delivered
mated image processing, gathers information on quality
savings of approximately 26 hours per unit.
anomalies for traceability and process improvement. It will
Fastems has gathered a partner network of industry leaders
also include a tailored operating system based on Fastems
for the development of the AutoSLC project. For example, the
MMS (Manufacturing Management System). The solution is
Finnish laser processing company Ionix is helping to develop
expected to shorten lead times by approximately 88 hours per
the laser ablation end effector of the robot. During the Auunit, driving down the cost of the F-35.
toSLC project delivery, with this established partner network,
Fastems and Lockheed Martin have previously collaborated
Fastems and the Finnish supply chain are providing a substanto integrate the F-35 Lightning II Forward Fuselage Machine
tial contribution to the F-35 program worldwide.
Tool Transfer Line (MTTL) in 2012. The MTTL has been critical
Fastems, a family-owned business with 40 years of automain improving safety, quality, and efficiency for the F-35 fortion experience and over 4000 installations and main markets
ward fuselage manufacturing process. For this project,
in Europe, North America and Asia, delivers intelligent factory
Fastems built five Load Unload & Skin Installation (LUSI) Staautomation solutions around cutting machine tools and retions, a wash station, and the MTTL stacker crane at the Locklated processes. Fastems' main application fields are pallet and
heed Martin Fort Worth F-35 plant. Further, the system was
robotic automation based around their production planning
scalable to enable Lockheed Martin to meet increasing proand execution software MMS.
duction rates since 2012, currently stretching the line to 130
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