Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Veracity Technology and Okla. State University-Tulsa Partner on Robot Project

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Veracity Technology and Okla. State University-Tulsa Partner on Robot Project

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Gary Hensley points out a portable device near the prototype of an aircraft wing.

"That's the robot," said Hensley, president of Veracity Technology Solutions.

Veracity and Oklahoma State University-Tulsa formed a partnership to develop a project for the U.S. Air Force's KC-135 aircraft. The goal was to cut the time it takes to inspect the upper wing.

After the initial investigation and research, the partnership found a solution in the robotics field, Hensley said.

"We took on the project to help reduce the inspection time by virtually 70 percent," he said. "It's an opportunity to do things quicker, better and reduce cost."

The aerospace technology firm wanted to work with a local organization on the project and was led to the mechanical and aerospace engineering division of OSU.

Two years ago the aerospace and defense private equity firm Acorn Growth Companies made a seed-level investment in Veracity. Tulsa- based Veracity is in the non-destructive inspections market.

Tinker Air Force Base is one of the largest users of non- destructive inspection, or NDI technology, said Jeff Davis, partner with Acorn Growth Companies.

"NDI is important for older and new aircraft," said Davis. "Practically for composites, it's really important to understand the makeup for the composite. It's a growing need."

The estimated annual NDI market totals more than $2 billion, he said.

Hensley said Veracity focuses on the monitoring of a structure and extending the life of an aircraft. …

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