Advanced science.  Applied technology.



Jun 06, 2022 to Jun 09, 2022
Detroit, MI, United States
Go to Automate event

SwRI will be exhibiting at Automate, booth no. 1707.

Come by the booth to chat with our staff and take a look at our Scan-N-Plan demo. See how our robot uses sensors to acquire information about a part and then automatically generates a program for performing a process such as sanding, painting, or welding.

Join us in the sessions below.

Wednesday, June 8
8:00 – 8:45 a.m., Automation Applications & Innovations Track
“Deploying Open-Source on the Shop Floor: Success and Challenges,” Matt Robinson

The ROS-Industrial open-source project has been active for nearly 10 years and there are numerous examples of ROS and other open-source tools running in factories. With more tools becoming available, and solution providers offering support for ROS and open source, it is important to understand what is working and where there are still opportunities for improvement. This is particularly important for security needs that have emerged as underlying software technology continues to advance.

Thursday, June 9
10:00 – 10:45 a.m., Automation Applications & Innovations Track
“Robotic Inkjet Printing on 3D Surfaces,” Branson Brockschmidt

Inkjet on 2-D surfaces has been a mature technology for many years, allowing for high-resolution deposition of fluid onto numerous materials, creating a thin but durable coating. Today, this technology is being expanded to 3-D surfaces via robotic systems. The robotic inkjet printing system is comprised of two main components: the printing system and the localization system. The printing system can contain different numbers of printheads for printing different colors or types of inks. For example, when printing on aircraft, eight inks were employed: seven inks for the creation of vivid colors and one fluorescent ink for printing of “invisible” tracking markers. The ink is supplied to these printheads by an ink delivery system that takes robot position and orientation into account for proper fluid control. Use cases for robotic inkjet printing are broad. Graphic printing can be used in the aerospace or automotive industries to create colorful artwork and text. Conductive inks can be used in automotive, space, or marine industries to print low-voltage circuits or detect surface cracks. Fluorescent ink printing can be used in the textile industry for the creation of invisible markers that can be used for aligning the stitches.

For more information, please contact Matt Robinson.