Remote Climbing Robot for Automated Welding Processes (2008-397)
- Robotic Technologies of Tennessee
- General Dynamics Bath Iron Works
- Tennessee Technological University
April 2008 - June 2010
NSRP ASE Investment: $126K
Industry Investment: $136K
Continue development of a proven climbing robot technology by developing and integrating a non-contact weld-seam tracking and feature extraction sensor system coupled with a novel navigation and welding control algorithm.
Leveraging technology originally developed for remote inspections in the coal-fired electric power industry, the project team enhanced their mobile platform with a non-contact weld seam tracking system linked to a navigation and welding control algorithm. Further equipped with an industry-standard weld torch and wire feed, the platform is capable of near autonomous welding in almost any direction – vertical, horizontal or inverted. The current version of the robotic welding platform was achieved using feedback from the shipbuilding and welding industry and underwent field testing at Bath Iron Works.
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Point of Contact:
James Beard, Robotic Technologies of Tennessee