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SKYWASH - Aircraft-cleaning by robots

: Schraft, R.D.; Wanner, M.-C.; Herkommer, T.F.

International Federation of Robotics; Institution of Mechanical Engineers -IME-:
Robotics '94 - Flexible Produktion - Flexible Automation. Proceedings
Suffolk: Mechanical Engineering Publications, 1994
ISBN: 0-85298-939-3
International Symposium on Industrial Robots <25, 1994, Hannover>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IPA ()
Flugzeugwaschroboter; Roboter; service robot; Serviceroboter; skywash

"SKYWASH" is the synonym for a robot system washing the outer surface of aircraft. Aircraft have to be washed in regular cycles for appearance and surface corrosion reasons. With two "SKYWASH" systems in parallel operation a reduction of ground time per washing event by factor 3 for wide body aircraft and factor 2 for narrow body can be achieved. All programmes are generated off-line. The system was tested sussessfully during a six month period of intensive operation. No damage occurred to any aircraft during the whole period. An adequate ROI period can be achieved based on the experience made. The system is in operation at Lufthansa, Frankfurt Airport. This paper gives an overview about that application.