Industrial Robots Present State of Development.
TOOELE ARMY DEPOT UT
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In the past ten years the Directorate for Ammunition Equipment DAE has been instrumental in the use of robots on ammunition related projects where this type of automation has been benefical in either increasing the productivity or safety of a particular process. DAEs first experience with automation began in the late 1960s when an industrial robot was used to download an M34 cluster bomb on the chemical agent filled bomb demilitarization program at Rocky Mountain Arsenal. Other experience has included use of an industrial robot to load and unload three detracer machines on a 40mm ammunition renovation line at Tooele Army Depot and assignment as consultant to HQ ARRCOM for the installation of three large ton capacity robots at the Western Area Demil Facility WADF in Hawthorne, Nevada. These uses were not unconventional and placed robots in the common role of handling and transferring of material items. The items to be handled were mechanically delivered to an exact position where the robot then checked inputs signals supplied by interfaced equipment. It would then load and unload the machine it serviced and keep checks on the important parameters.