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Snake-arm robots are going places they had never been be-
fore, thanks to OCRobotics and KUKA Roboter.
The OCRobotics snake-arm robot has just reached the first
major milestone for assembly and inspection tasks within
OCRobotics has completed build and initial testing of a demon-
stration snake-arm robot capable of sealing, swaging and
inspection inside a mock-up of a rib bay.
The aerospace industry has been slow to use robotics on ass-
embly lines; tasks within rib bays and other confined spaces inside
aircraft structures have remained practically impossible, until now.
Snake-arm robots do not have prominent ‘elbows’.
They have a continuous curving shape – like a snake.
This means that they are ideal for applications in confined spaces
and can reach lots of awkward places.
In a new configuration, the OCRobotics snake-arm robot is
attached to the KUKA industrial robot, which uses the snake-arm
robot as a tool. It is a flexible extension to the industrial robot.
Initial tests show the arm is flexible enough to deliver the required
tools to areas of the wing box that were previously inaccessible