NASA Center: Marshall Space Flight Center
Public Release Year: 1993
Reference Number: MSFC-SO-139
Category: Industrial Productivity/Manufacturing Technology
Origin: Space Shuttle
A system originally designed for welding components of the huge Space Shuttle external tank led to a laser-based automated welder for industrial use. A laser sensor tracks the seam where two pieces of metal are to be joined, measures gaps, misfits and automatically corrects welding of torch distance and height. A small industrial computer translates the sensor&apos;s information to the weld head and records and displays weld data for control purposes and analysis. The system was modified for commercial use by Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), Martin Marietta and Applied Research, Inc., which produces the commercial system. Applications are in industrial welding processes that require repetitive operations and a high degree of reliability.
Page Number in Published book: 122
Manufacturer: Applied Research, Inc.