Rosie the Riveting Robot?
OC Robotics develops snake robots to assist in plane assembly
By Robotics Trends' News Sources - Filed Jun 27, 2012

Forget Rosie the Riveter, OC Robotics has been working with Airbus UK and KUKA developing aerospace robots to deliver end effector packages capable of inspection, drilling, sealing and swaging during the low-access assembly process.

The developer is bringing its snake-like robotic arms to the Farnborough International Airshow, from July 9-13 where visitors have the opportunity to drive a snake-arm robot through a challenging confined-space course.

A second system, mounted on an industrial robot, will simulate work within a wing box, with a wing box mounted both vertically and horizontally to mimic current assembly methods.

OC Robotics has developed a range of robots suitable for remote controlled operation in confined or hazardous spaces. These snake-arm robots are designed to be long and slender. They are all wire-rope driven with actuators, electronics and motors located in the base of the device. Snake-arm robots do not have prominent elbows that can cause damage to sensitive equipment and they are easily maneuvered into position and retracted back without disturbing their environment.

 

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