Boat manufacturer Sea Ray, has been credited with several “firsts,” including being the first to use fiberglass in its pleasure boat construction. The company continues to seek out new methods for more precise construction of its products while also speeding production.

Sea Ray’s approach includes the use of robotics to automate specific tasks, such as the application of gelcoats to fiberglass hulls and decks. Sea Ray also uses robotics for precision hole cutting and the removal of excess trim edges. Although automating both these processes is no longer new in the industry, Sea Ray is now taking the next step by applying robotics to replace a laborious and time consuming hand sanding process with the help of an abrasive brush.

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Robotic Hull Cutting, Sanding Speeds Luxury Boat Production