The FLASHJET Coatings Removal Process is a synergy of several coordinated sub-processes,
all finely tuned, to remove coatings at a controlled rate:
Important features of the FLASHJET Coatings Removal Process include:
|Integrated Stripping Head|
|Single-Point Process Control|
|Process, Motion Control, and Safety Sensors to Protect the Aircraft |
|Selective Stripping - Can Remove Top Coat Only|
|Reduced Operating Costs (more
operating cost data)|
|Safe for Metallic and Composite Substrates|
|Low Volume of Residual Effluents (more on environmental
|Minimal Safety Requirements|
As the FLASHJET stripping head moves across the surface of the
aircraft or an aircraft component, a powerful xenon flashlamp is pulsed,
ablating the coating.
Simultaneously, a low pressure (15 lbs/in2)
dry ice particle stream cleans and cools the surface.
The resulting combination of fine particle paint ash and gases - called effluent
- is pulled away by a vacuum system, through pre-filters, HEPA (High Efficiency
Particulate Air) filters, and a carbon bed tub scrub, resulting in a clean air
Robotic Control involves execution of pre-defined Stripping
Programs that have surface contour, path and index direction, and boundary
information for an area of an object.
Features of Robotic Control include the following.
Teaching Strip Path Programs is a one-time task. Once
taught, they are recalled for re-use.
Standoff Sensors are used to assist with the teaching process,
and can also be used during stripping, to maintain normalization or
just standoff distance.
Automatic Motion Control
Safety monitors for:
Robot In Motion, and
Pass in Progress
If any one of these
signals is lost the stripping process immediately stops. If a collision is
detected, robot motion stops.
Overrides. At anytime the operator feels uncomfortable about robot motion,
he/she can stop the robot by pressing numerous stops and E-Stops available on
the Process Controller, Teach Pendant, and throughout the workspace.
(More on Robotics)
For more information, see:
FLASHJET Subsystem Basic Descriptions