Spray Painting Drone Patent Issued to Apellix™
Apellix is proud to announce that has been granted its fourth full patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office for Indoor and outdoor aerial vehicles for painting and related applications.
Bob Dahlstrom, Apellix founder and CEO, said: "This patent further establishes our advances in the use of autonomous and computer controlled aerial robotic systems to do contact-based work on structures and buildings".
The patent is for an aerial operations system for performing various tasks such as painting or coating, cleaning, spraying material (foam, spray concrete, etc.) and more. The modular aerial operations system includes an aerial vehicle capable of vertically taking off and landing, hovering and precisely maneuvering near walls and other structures. The aerial vehicle may be a rotorcraft such as a multi-copter or drone. In one aspect, an aerial vehicle paints one or more designated surfaces using detachable arms and equipment. The system may paint the designated surface in one of several available techniques using paint provided in a container such as an attached reservoir, a base station on the ground, a paint can, or the like. The aerial operations system provided may also be configured to perform a variety of other tasks.
The Apellix precision-controlled aerial robotics systems are based on its patented software platform and enable moving workers from harm's way. By adding a robotic arm and an end effector (i.e. hand with tools) to a software-controlled aircraft we enable it to fly up to a structure, and under full computer control, touch or modify the structure. Thereby performing the dirty, dangerous and expensive work that needs to be done while keeping employees safe on the ground
Apellix does not change the underlying cleaning, coating or testing technology. We integrate existing technology into our robotics platform and make it work better, safer, faster, and with more robust results. We create economic value by improving on human performance, by eliminating or reducing the need for scaffolding, man-lifts and workers suspended by ropes, by turning high-value assets around quicker, and by bringing science to the worksite through our introduction of computer control. Apellix also stores all project data such as surface temperature, highly accurate locational position information, test results or paint spray flow rates, and even localized hydrocarbon levels in its cloud-based repository. In certain applications, such as testing a 100-meter tall refinery flare stack, our aircraft can save $5 or 10 million dollars in downtime, and up to a million dollars in scaffolding costs on a single project.
Apellix, an early-stage software company based in Jacksonville, Florida, has developed an aerial robotic platform with patented software and sensor arrays control precision flight to complete a wide range of tasks currently too expensive or too dangerous to otherwise perform. Video examples of Apellix drones at work can be on the Apellix Website. https://www.Apellix.com
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