Aerobotix (ABX) pushes the limits of robotic sanding automation technologies with each new challenge customers supply us with.. After being tasked through a SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) program to create a partially automated sanding and polishing solution, ABX has continued to improve the robotic system by developing a fully automatic sanding solution for changing adhesive-back sandpaper for multiple grits.
Large military aircraft surfaces call for a large sander on a large robot.
Aerobotix customers often have very large surfaces requiring sanding or surface preparation. ABX developed a large aircraft robotic sanding solution by modifying an existing robot by adding an end-of-arm tool (EOAT) with three orbital sanders mounted on a robot with extended reach capability.
Guess what happens when you shoot a coating thickness measurement signal at a performance coating designed to confuse signals? You guessed it, you get very confused thickness measurement data.
Aerobotix (ABX) worked with Compass Technology Group (CTG) to apply their Advanced Microwave Mapping Probes (AMMP) technology to wet coating thickness measurement.
Would you want your robot going after your Fighter Jet with a Sharpie?!
For certain applications, customers of Aerobotix (ABX) must apply masking paper before the robotic spray application of performance coatings. One such example of this is with Hill Air Force Base (HAFB) in Ogden, UT.