Among the benefits of the mechanical arm: $840K five-year savings for all platforms constructed at Ingalls (DDG 51, LHA, LPD, NSC).
NMC has produced a brief video that illustrates the results of a recent project that developed and implemented an easy-to-use prototype mechanical arm to perform hull exterior abrasive blasting from a man lift during ship construction.
Ingalls Shipbuilding began using the blasting arm in March 2016. The technology developed under this project can be transferred to other Navy construction programs, shipyards, and industries that perform abrasive blasting from a man lift.
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