Are Autonomous Drones The Future Of Spray Coating?
When it comes to technology in the mechanical drone industry, it has gone into overdrive over the past few years. You might be wondering, what is an autonomous drone, and what purposes does it serve? Autonomous drones are unmanned aerial electronic machines that utilize artificial intelligence and computer vision for self-flying aerial actions through integrated circuitry and programming.
It’s a bird… It’s a plane…No, it’s autonomous coating of the future!
What Are Autonomous Drones?In the past, autonomous drones and UAVs were only used for military purposes for spying, surveillance, inspection, payload carrying, and other military-grade missions. However, in the past few years, civilian-grade autonomous drones have also become incredibly popular and are being created by companies for consumers all around the world. Drones that can fly autonomously have no bounds. Whether they’re being flown indoors, underground, in the sky, or anywhere at all, they’re smart enough and capable enough to provide you with the purpose that you need.
This video shows the Apellix aerial robot system coating at approximately 12 feet in height. Each cinder block is approximately 12″ in height showing the spray pattern is approximately 24″ with a 12″ overlap. The paint was applied at 1/3rd of a gallon per minute with a 3,300 psi airless spray paint compressor. The paint compressor, five gal bucket of paint, and power are on the ground. Their aerial platform can paint more quickly than a human can, especially when the time and cost of moving scaffolding and safety equipment are included. Scaffolding can cost up to 75% of the total job. The Apellix robotic platform also paints, more precisely, a second cost factor. A 1% increase in efficiency can save the owner of a bridge or ship hundreds of thousands of dollars.