iROBOT SUGV ROBOT
Parts engineered to meet exacting requirements and extreme conditions.
If thereís one thing that PTA Plastics team members love, itís a challenge. So when iRobot looked to PTA to help them manufacture a ruggedized Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle (SUGV) that supports the safety of U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, itís no surprise that PTA was more than willing to roll up their sleeves and take on a real 21st Century challenge.
The SUGV is the next-generation robot in a series that is fast becoming a staple for military units in combat. Itís a tactical mobile unit that provides situational awareness in dangerous conditions, including bomb disposal and checkpoint explosives detection. Lightweight (30 lbs.) and extremely mobile, the SUGV is also extremely tough Ė it can survive significant impact, be immersed in water, and withstand extreme desert heat and sand.
Close collaboration between iRobot and PTA was critical in order to realize these exacting military field requirements. Anything less than perfect during the course of this project was simply not an option. It took over three years of teamwork between the two companies for a solution to be realized that is a combination of technology expertise and outside-the-box thinking -- a dependable, field-tested product that today, is helping keep our men and women in combat out of harmís way.