Surface analyst end effector for industrial robot

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2023-04-27
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Authors
Tomblin, John S.
Seneviratne, Waruna P.
Saathoff, Caleb
Palliyaguru, Upul R.
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Tomblin, J.S., Seneviratne, W.P., Saathoff, C., & Palliyaguru, U.R., inventors; Wichita State University, assignee. Surface analyst end effector for industrial robot. United States patent US 20230131624 A1. 2023, April 27.

Abstract

A surface analyst end effector for an automated inspection and repair system for composite parts. A surface analyst system and a tool changer are supported on a chassis. A control unit of the surface analyst system is configured to conduct a bond readiness test by which the control unit directs an inspection head to place a drop of liquid onto a surface of a composite part and directs the inspection head to capture an image of the drop on the surface. The slave tool changer releasably and operatively connects the end effector to an industrial robot such that the industrial robot can move the end effector along the composite part and the inspection and repair system can signal the surface analyst to conduct a bond readiness test. The surface analyst end effector is interchangeable with other end effectors of the inspection and repair system for performing inspection and repair methods.

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WSU inventors: Waruna Seneviratne, Dept. of Aerospace Engineering, College of Engineering; John Tomblin, Caleb Saathoff, and Upul Palliyaguru, NIAR.
Application No: 18/049419 filed October 25, 2022. Patent No: US 20230131624 A1 granted April 27, 2023.
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