NREC's Robotic Paint-stripping System Named Edison Award Finalist

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This rendering shows how a team of robots might be deployed to strip paint from a C-130 cargo plane.

A robotic paint-stripping system being developed by the National Robotics Engineering Center and Concurrent Technologies Corporation has been named a 2013 finalist in the internationally renowned Edison Awards.

The Advanced Robotic Laser Coating Removal System (ARLCRS) uses high-powered lasers mounted on mobile robotic platforms to remove paint and coatings from aircraft. NREC and CTC are developing the system for the U.S. Air Force.

ARLCRS is a finalist in material science, one of 12 categories honored by the Edison Awards. The ballot of nominees for the Edison Awards is judged by more than 3,000 senior business executives and academics from across the nation.

The distinguished awards symbolize the persistence and excellence personified by Thomas Alva Edison, inspiring creative minds to remain in the forefront of innovation, creativity and ingenuity in the global economy. Award winners will be announced April 25, 2013 at the Edison Awards Annual Gala, held in the Grand Ballroom at historic Navy Pier in Chicago, IL.

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