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Blueprint Lab picks Falcon for manipulator testing

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09 June 2021

Electric robotic manipulator creator, Blueprint Lab, has chosen the Saab Seaeye Falcon as their lead in-house development platform for being a reliable, proven, and easily deployable vehicle.

Blueprint Lab’s design concept means their all-electric manipulators can be easily integrated onto different manufacturer’s robotic vehicles, with the Falcon seen as a valuable resource for further manipulator testing in real-world scenarios.

Global interest comes as operators discover the dexterity of electric manipulator performance with its smooth, precise and controllable operation.

The modular technology design in Blueprint Lab’s manipulators, with a lift capacity exceeding 10kg, and over 1200N of grip force, allows multiple end-effector options to be fitted for a wide variety of applications.

The advancement of their integrated tooling technologies will be helped by utilising the Falcon’s iCON™ intelligent control system.

Blueprint Lab also say the Falcon’s compact size makes for easy deployment at test sites when trialling manipulator solutions to real-world problems.

"We're excited to push the boundaries of what Falcon customers can do with their vehicle when fitted with our electric manipulators,” says Blueprint Lab’s Business Development Manager, Anders Ridley-Smith.

"Fitted with our Bravo manipulators and the Falcon Integration Kit, operators will have access to a new capability for use in visual and NDT inspection, construction and recovery operations, and other complex tasks,” he adds.

One key reason for choosing the Falcon is the match between the market sectors in which it is deployed and Blueprint Lab’s own markets, including defence, offshore energy and marine science.

With a reliability record covering over a million hours of undersea operations, the Falcon’s 20-year success comes from being a powerful, highly manoeuvrable, multi-tasking, easy to use, metre-sized vehicle, depth rated to 300 and 1000 metres and enhanced with Saab Seaeye’s revolutionary iCON™ future-flexible intelligent control system.

Blueprint Lab is supported in their development work by the Australian Government.
Blueprint Lab picks Falcon for manipulator testing