A locally developed robotic system used to remove paint and other coatings from aircraft has earned honors for innovation.
Concurrent Technologies Corp. and Carnegie Mellon University’s robotics engineering center have been awarded a 2013 Gold Edison Award for an automated system that uses 6-kilowatt lasers to remove paint and other coatings from aircraft.
CTC officials said the Carnegie Mellon-CTC team has been developing and demonstrating the system for the National Defense Center for Energy through a three-year contract and have put it to use at on aircraft at Hill Air Force Base in Utah.
The gold award is awarded annually by the Edison Awards’ steering committee.
CTC President Edward Sheehan Jr. said the award exemplifies “the power of partnerships and the opportunity to bring innovative mindsets together to develop a creative solution from unique, specialized skill sets.”
Learning Lamp fundraiser opens
The Learning Lamp has begun its painted piggy bank fundraiser to benefit its after-school outreach programs in Johnstown’s Moxham, Oakhurst and Prospect neighborhoods.
The piggy banks have been placed in area businesses and will remain through the end of March.
The program provides free homework help, a nutritious meal and a safe, positive environment for nearly 100 kindergarten through grade eight pupils in Johnstown.
The Learning Lamp has additional piggy banks. Any business, office or organization interested in one can call 262-0732.