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Arnco SuperFlex flatproofing serves U.S. Navy robots

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The U.S. Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Detachment is using Arnco's SuperFlex polyurethane flatproofing material to keep its REMOTEC ANDROS unmanned robot vehicle mobile.

SuperFlex eliminates any chance of a flat tire due to enemy fire, sharp protruding objects or rocky terrain, Arnco says.

A SuperFlex-filled tire functions similarly to an air-filled tire and has a “softness” of 8 (durometer) to protect the highly sophisticated robot from vibration and jolting. It also improves the vehicle’s stability.

The REMOTEC ANDROS robot is a heavy-duty, all-terrain multi-tracked vehicle with manipulator arm, gripper, TV camera, lights and two-way audio. An articulating track feature enables the vehicle to climb 45 degrees stairs and over obstacles up to two feet high.

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