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Robotic Aircraft Maintenance
Nasty and Noxious
An alternative to the automated
solution for depainting
planes, called plastic
media blasting, is harmful in
a variety of ways. The process
includes shooting plastic
beads out of hoses, similar
to sandblasting, and the
beads strip the paint off of
the surface. Hand-sanding is
also an alternative.
In plastic media blasting,
workers wear protection, but
the process generates thousands
of pounds of hazardous
waste. The plastic pellets mix with
materials coming off the plane's surface,
which include hexavalent chrome and
cadmium, another known carcinogen.
" You have the human factor of a person
in a terrible environment for a very
long time,'' Klinger said. " And the hazardous
waste at the end of the process is
A robot used for stripping paint from military aircraft using lasers.
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bad. In some instances, people were hand
sanding the entire surface of the aircraft
on their hands and knees. What we're
able to do with the laser process is take
the people out of the environment, away
from manual labor and put them in an
air-conditioned control room. It really is
a much safer and healthier process. "
Depainting is just one process
that can be accomplished
with the automated solution.
Klinger envisions a wide
range of tasks which could be
beneficial with similar automation
using robotics.
" The robotics is the same,
the software is the same,''
Klinger said. " We can remove
the laser. Right now, we're
taking on non-laser projects
like sanding. We just changed
the tool on the end of the
robot from a laser to a sanding
head and all of the
sensing and control methodologies
are still available and used. There's a
lot of things that we can do with this
system. "
This article was written by Thomas Renner,
Freelance Technical Author. For more
information, visit http://info.hotims.
com/82321-503.
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