Arnco SuperFlex flatproofing serves U.S. Navy robots

April 20, 2005

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.