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Port San Antonio Robotics Company XYREC Wins Innovation Award
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Port San Antonio Robotics Company XYREC Wins Innovation Award

XYREC has won a prestigious award for its ground-breaking laser coating removal robot, a 72-foot-tall robotics system that uses a 20-kilowatt laser to remove paint from aircraft and other large pieces of equipment. The American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) announced the 13 winners of its 2021 Innovation Award earlier in May. ACT-IAC is a non-profit public-private partnership dedicated to improving government through the application of information technology, providing a forum for government and industry to collaborate on critical technology issues in the public sector. A panel of judges selected the 13 award winners from 169 nominations. The 13 companies include global industry leaders such as MITRE and Oracle and highlight technological advances in...
XYREC Launches Plane Paint-Stripping Robot Operations at Port San Antonio
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XYREC Launches Plane Paint-Stripping Robot Operations at Port San Antonio

At a custom-built 7,000-square-foot facility on Port San Antonio's campus, a Netherlands-based company has been assessing its airplane paint-stripping robot. After extensive testing and validation from the Southwest Research Institute (SWRI), XYREC, a global innovator in applied robotic technology solutions, is ready to launch its first robotic plane paint-stripping operation in North American. XYREC has produced the world's largest industrial robot, measuring at over 72 feet when fully extended. It comes equipped with a high-powered laser that rapidly strips paint from any size aircraft without damaging the airframe. The automated de-coating of the plane is precise down to the micron level and can stop before removing a specified layer of paint or coating. The robotic system is mounted o...
Knight Aerospace Expands Operations to Port San Antonio
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Knight Aerospace Expands Operations to Port San Antonio

San Antonio-based Knight Aerospace, a company that manufactures customized kits to transform the interior of military cargo planes quickly for other uses, is expanding its operations to Port San Antonio. Later this year Knight Aerospace will move to 3604 SW 36th Street where the company will have about 80,000 square feet for fabrication, design, research and development, and office spaces in its new facility at the Port. Launched in 1992, the company is recognized globally for its design and fabrication of specialized self-contained units — modular, palletized systems that can be loaded easily onto an aircraft to transform its functionality in a matter of hours. The U.S. Air Force uses Knight’s airplane modules on its C-130, C-17, C-27J, C-235, and C-77J/G222 aircraft, among other...