Modern Machine Shop

JUL 2018

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BETTER PRODUCTION MMS JULY 2018 94 ROBOTS AND AUTOMATION Software Helps NASA Automate Robot Programming Process ORGANIZATION: NASA Advanced Composites Project PROBLEM: Manual infrared inspection process was complex and expensive SOLUTION: Two UR10 cobots from Universal Robots with programming software from RoboDK RESULTS: More consistent inspection results JULIA HIDER | ASSISTANT EDITOR Automating processes with robotics can have numerous benefits, but robots require programming, a typically manual process that can be complex and lead to costly problems like collisions. The NASA Advanced Composites Project is working on a process that not only automates inspection of airplane fuselages using collab- orative robots (cobots) from Universal Robots, but also automates the programming of the cobots with software from robotic soft- ware simulation developer RoboDK. This system has the potential to save time and money while providing better, more consistent results than fully manual inspection processes. The NASA Advanced Composites Project works to improve methods, tools and protocols as well as reduce development and certification timelines for composite materials and structures as their applications increase. One of its goals is to speed the inspection of composite structures and improve The NASA Advanced Composites Project is working to automate infrared inspec- tion processes for composite airplane fuselages by programming inspection patterns for UR10 cobots with inspection equipment using software from RoboDK. This process could save time and money, and it has the potential to improve the quality of inspection results. Photo: Universal Robots

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