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COMPANY PROFILE

Sandia National Laboratories

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  • Member Since 1992
  • Robotic Educator/Researcher

Sandia is a multiprogram National Laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed Martin Company, for the United States Department of Energy. With many years of experience and hundreds of successful projects in designing, developing, and delivering complex micro- to macro-sized automated systems, Sandia’s Intelligent Systems, Robotics, and Cybernetics (ISRC) organization responds to challenges impacting national security and US economic competitiveness.

The Lockheed Martin Corp. has managed Sandia since Oct. 1, 1993, for the U.S. Department of Energy. Most of Sandia’s work is sponsored by DOE’s National Nuclear Security Administration, but we also work for other federal agencies, including the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and others. We work cooperatively with a number of government, U.S. industry, and academic partners to accomplish our missions.

Case Studies

Precise Control of Force

POSTED: 07/09/2008

Systems developed by Sandia's Intelligent Systems and Robotics Center (ISRC) often require precise control of the forces applied. Developers add load cells to robots to sense force and moment. These load cells are called six-axis force-torque sensors because they must accurately and separately measure all

Painting the Stealth

POSTED: 06/01/2008

U.S. F-117A Nighthawks, also known as Stealth fighters, swoop largely undetected through radar because their "radar-invisible" paint and angular exterior minimize reflected signals. Over the next few years, the fleet of F-117As will be refurbished, including removing the aging thin films and

Surround and Diversion by a Squad of Mobile Robotic Vehicles

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Cooperating squads of robotic vehicles may some day be employed for tasks such as fighting forest fires, cleaning up oil spills, delivering and distributing supplies to remote field operations and conducting a variety of military missions. Control and coordination of groups or squads of robots has thus

Rugged Mobile Robotic Test Bed Platform for Military Surveillance and Reconnaissance Missions

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In response to the Department of Defense's Joint Program Office for Unmanned Ground Vehicles' request to develop a prototype of a mobile robotic test bed platform for military surveillance and reconnaissance missions, Sandia's Intelligent Systems and Robotics Center (ISRC) developed SARGE (the Surveillance And Reconnaissance Ground Equipment robot). This prototype

Rapid Response Investigation of Robots for Post-Accident Safety Assessment

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When conditions are too dangerous for people after mine disasters, robots can go safely where people cannot to locate survivors, check the atmosphere, or assess the condition of the mine. That is the premise of the US Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA); and

Fuel CellPowered Mobile Robots

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Sandia National Laboratories' Intelligent Systems and Robotics Center (ISRC) has developed the RATLER™ ("Robotic All Terrain Lunar Exploration Rover") vehicles to fulfill a wide variety of functions. A RATLER™ was originally developed as a prototype vehicle for a lunar exploration mission; however, RATLERs™ are now used for

Rapid Design and Deployment of Special-Purpose Automated Product Inspection Systems

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Sandia's Intelligent Systems and Robotics Center (ISRC) has proven its capability to develop and deploy automated inspection stations. ISRC designers meet with customers to compile a list of requirements, specifications, and hardware and software needs. From those requirements, a cost-effective system is developed to meet their special

Complex Assemblies: Rapid Automated Generation of Correct Assembly Sequences

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Manufacturing companies throughout the world are rapidly changing in order to survive in today's highly competitive market environments. Some examples of coping with changing environments are manufacturing globalization, automated and intelligent manufacturing, virtual manufacturing, and agile manufacturing. The objective of the movement in manufacturing is to improve flexibility, reliability, and

Automating the Demilitarization of Retired Munitions

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The US Army is responsible for coordinating munition demilitarization for all the Services. More than 300,000 tons of rounds are currently in stockpile waiting to be demilled, some dating back to World War II. This amount is increasing by about 70,000 to 100,000 tons per year. Currently,

Automated Disassembly of Explosive Gas Generators

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Many of the thousands of nuclear weapons which are being retired by the United States contain components known as explosive gas generators. After these components are removed from nuclear weapons, they must be demilitarized. Traditionally, demilitarization has been handled by igniting generators at a burning ground, but


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