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Robotics Case Studies

Industry : Defense/Military

Robotmaster Reduces Outsourcing, Increases Production and Profitability

POSTED: 11/17/2015

Groupe Gravel, a Quebec-based machining and

Laser Hybrid Welding with Gantry Robot

POSTED: 02/09/2015

Precision hybrid laser welding is a demanding application with strict requirements for precision and vibration free motion. Laser welding over large work surfaces is even more difficult –

Simple Solutions for Multi-carriage Tracks

POSTED: 02/09/2015

Kawasaki Robotics US

75-ton Turbine Requires G├╝del Gantry for Precise Robot Measurement

POSTED: 12/03/2014

The Challenge : Automate inspection of large, complex geometry of a 75-ton turbine Manual inspection of a 75-ton turbine is a time consuming, difficult task that takes teams of workers up to two weeks, requires high levels of precision and is prone to human error. Precision and repeatability are the

Grippers that Hold Up in Extremely Tough Environments

POSTED: 05/10/2013

Bremen Castings, a precision CNC machine shop and foundry located in Bremen, Indiana, has a tough job to do. Producing gray iron castings from recycled material is a job

Armatec Survivability/Ottobock Healthcare

POSTED: 08/31/2011

Precise, reliable cutting and machining centers; words not often used to describe industrial robot arms. Robots are often disvalued in manufacturing circles as being inaccurate. Citing tolerances of +/- 0.100 (or more), robots are often dismissed as only suitable for welding or pick and place applications.With better initial accuracy from

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

Robotic Workhorse Rides Rails at Applied Engineering

POSTED: 03/18/2008

Applied Engineering, Inc. (Yankton, SD) manufactures precision machined aluminum components and assemblies for a broad range of applications in aerospace, defense and commercial applications.  ISO 9001, AS9100 and NADCAP certified, the company prides itself on innovation and use of cutting-edge automation to produce high-quality

Surround and Diversion by a Squad of Mobile Robotic Vehicles


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


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

Fuel CellPowered Mobile Robots


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

Flexible Cable Passes the Test with U.S. Navy


Problem: As the U.S. Navy began modernizing its Trident II submarines, General Dynamics needed a flexible cable similar to those used with industrial robots and related flex cable applications – except that it had to be a fiber optic cable used in speed-of-light data

Automating the Demilitarization of Retired Munitions


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


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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