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Application Briefs
Robotics Software
MBDA
Le Plessis-Robinson, France
+331 71 54 10 00
www.mbda-systems.com
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BDA is a European aerospace and armaments manufacturer,
specializing in the design of missiles and
missile systems for the operational needs of all three
branches of the military (Army, Navy and Air Force).
MBDA France's Bourges site produces numerous
small composite parts that have to be molded. Each
mold is manually stripped clean before being used in
production. This operation is complex: the parts to be
treated are diverse and numerous and in each series,
the level of residue to be stripped off and its location
may vary. This method of operation is tedious, and it
also requires protecting the operator from exposure to
toxic substances.
As Vincent Rafin, Head of the Factory of the Future Project at
MBDA explains it: " We want to robotize tasks which cause musculoskeletal
disorders in our operators, and which occur in certain
cases in the production of very small series or even single
parts, so we need to keep the non-recurring costs of programming
as low as possible. Programming a robot to define the trajectories
of a laser is not the right approach for small series production; it
is time-consuming and costly and has to be done by a roboticist. "
For advice, MBDA turned to Meliad, a recognized expert in
the aerospace industry for surface preparation and laser stripping,
and to Staubli. The latter recommended Fuzzy Logic for
its visual programming solutions. Fuzzy Logic developed Repplix™,
an extension of its Fuzzy Studio™ software, in cooperation
with MBDA. A portable learning device controlled by
the operator using his knowledge of the application task
teaches the Repplix™ software the first laser alignment. A
monitoring function, performed via a real-time digital twin of
the robotic installation created in Fuzzy Studio™, takes into
account collision monitoring and trajectory feasibility in the
robot's environment. Alert parameters are set up. Trajectory
capture combines several process parameters such as laser triggering
and power. The operator, who is not a roboticist, is also
Communications Infrastructure UAVs
Kraus Hamdani Aerospace
Emeryville, CA
678-561-7207
www.krausaerospace.com
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rovisioning reliable communications on a worldwide basis
is a priority for every telecommunication organization.
Satellite infrastructure forms a backbone for long-distance
communications, and ground infrastructure enables last-mile
systems that reach our mobile phones. However, terrestrial
equipment is vulnerable in many regards, and space assets
and satellites can be taken down in the blink of an eye in peerto-peer
adversarial conflict or by the smallest space debris.
The single points of failure in our communications infrastructure
can be addressed by deploying aerial assets provisioning
reliable communications capabilities. These resources
can be used over long distances, while providing persistent
overhead surveillance services and geospatial data. To guarantee
reliable communications, it's imperative to provide seamless
airborne communication nodes that can mitigate some of
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able to modify the trajectory and process parameters via the
graphical interface, even after the learning phase.
Then, from this digital twin, the cycle is launched and the
robot moves with the laser, guided by the accurate capture of
the trajectory learned from the operator. The speed at which
the robot operates is set directly in the software and it can
differ from the speed in the learning phase. The cycle is performed
autonomously by the robot, without the need for
operator supervision. The same process, which takes only a
few minutes, is done for each new series of molds.
The solution developed in this way is executed with millimeter
precision and is capable of extension to even more demanding
applications in the future. The manual operation can be
reproduced with ease because the learning device is the representation
of the real tool and is not directly linked to the robot.
The operator manages the execution and planning of the movement
himself using the software and the parametrized alerts.
As a result, the time needed to program the mold cleaning
operation is slashed from several hours to only a few minutes.
Productivity is increased by automating the cleaning operation
and the risks for the operator are reduced, making robotizing
this operation profitable, both in terms of HSE and economics.
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