Apellix™ Granted USTPO Patent for Its Umbilical Cabling and Tethering (UCAT) Systems for Aerial Robots and Drones
Apellix receives its second US patent. The patent is for a Mobile base station and umbilical cabling and tethering (UCAT) assist system.
Apellix’s precision-controlled aerial robotics systems are based on its patented software platform that utilizes tethered and untethered drones to move workers from harm’s way. Apellix custom builds drones, and adds a complex array of flight operations sensors to allow them to fly and control the system very precisely. They also add a robotic arm and end effector ("hand") with tools so they can fly up to a structure, and under full computer control, touch or modify the structure.
One example of the Apellix technology is the ability to spray paint an Oil & Gas flare stack with a tethered drone, where the power and paint are on the ground, without having to use scaffolding, lifts, cranes or ropework. With proprietary circuitry, software, and power management systems Apellix-designed drones serve as industrial tools capable of all-day continuous work.
The company’s NDT (non-destructive testing) Drone physically touches structures to conduct a variety of necessary safety tests at heights and in confined spaces, without the need for cranes, scaffolding, or rope. It was recognized as a 2017 Innovation of the Year by the National Association of Corrosion Engineers. The Cleaning and Coating Drone is a tethered platform for both painting and cleaning large-scale surfaces. Apellix is currently developing custom bespoke solutions for select partners, with an initial public release scheduled in 2019.
Said Robert Dahlstrom, Apellix founder and CEO: “The umbilical cabling and tethering (UCAT) assist patent dovetails nicely with our patent for our software-controlled computing device-based guidance navigation and control for unmanned aerial vehicles and robotic systems. By combining a base station and umbilical and tether system we extend the utility of the Apellix platform for our current products that conduct non-destructive testing and our coating and cleaning aerial robotics systems (i.e. spray-painting drones) currently in development.”
Apellix, an early-stage software company based in Jacksonville, Florida, develops custom bespoke industrial solutions based on our aerial robotics platform. Our patented software and sensor arrays control precision flight to perform a wide range of tasks currently too expensive or too dangerous to otherwise perform. Video examples of Apellix drones at work can be seen at the Apellix YouTube Channel.
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