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Successive paint stripping robot versions

In developing the EnvirobotTM, NREC performed requirements analysis, system simulation, design and engineering, prototype fabrication and field testing. Facing incomplete and dynamic requirements, NREC developed three version of the robot with each successive version delivering more performance, flexibility, and reliability.

The robots were extensively tested over the two-year development period. This testing included week-long runs of 24 hours per day using inexperienced operators under real-world conditions. The NREC team conducted the testing on a specially designed test wall made up of flat, concave, convex and underside surfaces and connecting weld beads. Following these tests, the team participated in field trials at several shipyards and, based on that experience, implemented a dozen engineering programs to improve reliability and supportability of the robot.

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