The solution required a system that was reusable, reliable, robust, safe, and cost efficient, while an added bonus would be finding a system that could also save time. TWI worked with OC Robotics to produce a solution that met all of these requirements, while drawing on our expertise and innovation as well as our knowledge of the requirements to provide the best result for industry.
Although the LaserSnake arm was developed by OC Robotics, TWI’s knowledge was still required to create a suitable laser cutting head for the robotic arm. Lasers were deemed to be the optimal solution due to the fact that their lightweight compact process heads make them well suited to remote deployment.
In addition, lasers produce minimal fume with a low dispersal of fume particles, and lower rates of secondary waste streams since operator suits or contaminated hand equipment do not need to be used and disposed of. The remote operation capabilities afforded by the LaserSnake system also reduced operator exposure to contamination while high productivity rates and reliability created economic savings.