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Laser Paint Removal Takes Off in Aerospace

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JAMES SCHLETT, CONTRIBUTING EDITOR, [email protected]


At 52 feet tall, over 100,000 pounds and with a reach of 85 feet, LR Systems’ laser ablation mobile robot is one of the largest — if not the largest — mobile robots in the world. This summer, the company, based in the Netherlands, plans to install a laser coating removal robot (LCR) at the maintenance facility of a yet-to-be-announced large airline (Figure 1). The LCR, which features a newly designed 20-kW CO2 laser, will be the first full-aircraft, robotic laser stripping solution to be deployed by a commercial air carrier. The robot’s deployment will represent a...Read full article

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