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Title:
AUTOMATED LAPPING SYSTEM
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO2004048032
Kind Code:
A3
Abstract:
An automated lapping system is provided for lapping a work product using a robot. Because the robot can apply continuous consistent pressure that far exceeds the capabilities of a human operator, lapping and polishing evolutions take a fraction of the time taken by a human operator. The system includes a robot having one or more lapping end effectors and a control component that controls the robot to lap the work product. The control component includes a processor, a user interface coupled to the processor, a communication component that receives final work product dimensions, and a positioning component that detects a lapping zone on the work product and sends the detected lapping zone to the control component. The control component controls the robot based on the sent lapping zone and received work product dimensions.

Inventors:
WOOD JEFFREY H
BENDER ROBERT E
SEWELL TERRY A
Application Number:
PCT/US2003/037452
Publication Date:
July 29, 2004
Filing Date:
November 21, 2003
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Assignee:
BOEING CO (US)
International Classes:
B24B19/06; B24B27/00; B24B37/00; B25J19/06; (IPC1-7): B24B19/06; B24B27/00; B24B37/00; B25J19/02
Foreign References:
US5067085A1991-11-19
US20020072297A12002-06-13
US5280622A1994-01-18
EP0325424A21989-07-26
Other References:
"ROBOTIC CANOPY POLISHING SYSTEM", NTIS TECH NOTES, US DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE. SPRINGFIELD, VA, US, 1 May 1990 (1990-05-01), pages 423,1 - 2, XP000137390, ISSN: 0889-8464
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