Thank you for joining us for our review! Most of our meeting will take place on the Zoom link that you received. At a few points, our in-person attendees will leave the room for tours of the Mill 19 facility and the Titan Robotics facility. During this time, you are encouraged to take self-guided tour using the videos below. Each video shows a demonstration of the project that our in-person attendees are viewing. Note that a few of our in-person demonstrations could not be recorded.

 

Virtual Part Repair Programming for Robotic Thermal Spray Applications

Project team:  University of Connecticut, Titan Robotics

MR Guided Path Planning with Robotically Generated Digital Twin

Project Team: Aris, Stellantis, SwRI

Description: This work cell is the product of several prior ARM Institute projects, including one for JROBOT Summit II.  The original project used a stationary laser array to generate a 3D image of a part to be inspected with the ability to compare it its original 3D CAD model.  This demo will show the laser array on a robotic arm mounted on a mobile platform and driving autonomously to 2 different inspection stations to perform an inspection a 3D printed mold and a 3D printed part.

Automated Defect Detection of Complex Metallic Parts

Project Team: University of Washington, GKN Aerospace, UCONN

Description: This ARM Institute project has yielded impressive results by carefully controlling the illumination field during surface inspection, including detection rates above 95%, a speed of approximately one minute per part, and an expected 345% return on investment if deployed at one site. GKN Aerospace is adopting the technology and has already built the inspection cell in a factory.

In this demo, you’ll see the next generation system whereby the illumination field has been relocated as the end effector on a robotic arm.  With this configuration the robot can be brought to the components for inspection enabling batch inspection. With the robot installed on a mobile base, larger structures can also be inspected in the same manner.

Advanced Manufacturing Competition Program

Project Team: Robotics Education and Competition Foundation), Robomatter, and RAMTEC.

Description: This is an ARM Institute-funded Education & Workforce Development (EWD) Project. The ARM Institute-funded Advanced Manufacturing Competition Program (later renamed to the Factory Automation Competition during further development of the program) Education & Workforce Development (EWD) project addresses the need to recruit younger generations into manufacturing careers. Specifically, the REC Foundation aims to improve workforce development education and interest by providing a clear path for students to prepare for advanced manufacturing careers, help close manufacturing skills gaps for many employers, and prepare the manufacturing workforce for continual career development.

Following participation in this competition, student interest in “Industry Robotics Training” increasing from 63% to 100%. Additionally, upon launching this project as a product in 2021, the inventory of 500 kits immediately sold out with Career and Technical Education (CTE) organizations and trade schools purchasing the product.

Autonomous Multi-Tool Head Robotic Solution for Surface Preparation

Project Team: Siemens Corporation – Technology, Siemens Energy’s Orlando Innovation Center, Georgia Institute of Technology

Description: This project focuses on developing a robotic solution for performing high precision tasks, such as milling, grinding, and polishing under “in-the-field” and non-factory conditions. Such operations in the field using conventional methods such as CNC machining or manual grinding and polishing can be cumbersome, time consuming and expensive. More importantly, these tasks can result in uncontained fumes, debris, chips, etc., and impact worker health and safety. The key technology elements that are being developed and will be integrated to realize the above objective includes – fast and ruggedized field deployment mechanism and installation of robot, equipped with a multi-head tool to effect grinding, polishing or milling as desired; on board software systems for fast onsite positional calibrations and corrections of the robot; automated trajectory planning, autonomous process sequencing and closed loop feedback control for robotic milling.

Autonomous Swarm Inspection and Interactive 3D Modelling with Orchestrated Visualization

Project Team: Siemens, Allem Business Ventures

Description: This project was a result of our collaboration with the JROBOT Group.

This pervasive technology developed through the partnership between the ARM Institute, Siemens Global Technology, and the US Navy, is making automated inspection capabilities of large assets a reality.  Utilizing multiple unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) provided by the Navy, methods that have been chosen and demonstrated eliminate the resource intensive processes and facilitate autonomous inspection in complex & remote environments with accelerated high-quality inspection.  The Siemens team successfully demonstrated the following multi-drone inspection technology capabilities:

  • Reduce the time needed to inspect large assets and assets in complex environments with little infrastructure support (e.g., ships, wind-turbines, off-shore oilrigs, etc.)
  • Improve safety by eliminating manual processes in complex or difficult environments.
  • Accelerate the collection of high-quality inspections of critical assets and infrastructure.

Environmentally Hardened Underwater Modular Robot Snake (HUMRS)

Project Team: Carnegie Mellon University, Hebi Robotics, Siemens

Description: This project was a result of our collaboration with the JROBOT Group.

From reaching into fuel tanks to radiation spaces and more, there are many DoD needs for a robotic solution that can navigate confined, awkward, and hazardous spaces. However, there are few solutions that can place robot end effectors in such spaces, and many existing robotic snake applications have a fixed base that limits reach. This project provided a solution to these limitations through a self-propelled, water-tight robotic snake that can operate in depths up to 20 feet. The project created an easy-to-use interface that will allow people with little training to start immediately using this robot.