Oregon company’s robot spots aircraft defects


Medford-based Jetray Corp. has designed remote controlled robotic arms for automated nondestructive testing of aircraft.

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Medford-based Jetray Corp. has designed remote controlled robotic arms for automated nondestructive testing of aircraft.

The robot uses x-rays and other sensors to detect hairline cracks in a plane’s fuselage.

“Like what happened on Southwest, that’s what we detect — the classic lap seam failure that’s due to corrosion or fatigue,” said Mike Sorensen, 46, a business partner of Platt’s and a mechanical engineer who focuses on the physical design.

He was referring to a 5-foot tear in the aluminum roof of a Southwest Airlines Co. jet as it cruised 34,000 feet above Arizona. The Boeing 737-300 landed safely, but the incident caused the grounding of dozens of planes and the cancellation of hundreds of flights as airlines launched safety inspections.

Read more at The Daily Tidings.

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