IEEE Joint Systems, Man, and Cybernetics and Aerospace and Electronic Systems Meeting


Join the CTS Joint SMC/AES Chapter in celebrating Engineer's Week.

Please register if attending so we can get a head count for pizza.


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  Date and Time




  • 6220 Culebra Road
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • United States 78238
  • Building: Southwest Research Institute
  • Room Number: Building 189 First Floor VTC
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  • Internal SwRI address for Building 189:  1000 Martin Goland Avenue

  • Co-sponsored by Southwest Research Institute
  • Starts 26 January 2016 04:00 PM
  • Ends 23 February 2016 12:00 PM
  • All times are US/Central
  • No Admission Charge
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Crystal Parrott
Crystal Parrott of Southwest Research Institute


Supersized Robots

Robotic automation is being applied more frequently in non-traditional applications such as large-scale assembly, inspection and surface processing (painting, depainting, polishing, etc.) These applications typically have requirements (reach, payload, hazardous environment, etc.) that preclude the use of standard commercial robots.

Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®) specializes in the development and support of large, custom robotic platforms for these special applications. Since the early 1990s, SwRI has fielded production systems for the servicing and maintenance of U.S. Air Force F-15, F-16, A-10 and C-130 aircraft. These systems were designed for maximum flexibility and are scalable and adaptable for a variety of processes.


Ms. Parrott has over 20 years of experience in manufacturing engineering, electrical and control system design, process improvement consulting and system integration. She has working knowledge of robotics, industrial automation, machine vision, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), human machine interfaces (HMIs), data acquisition equipment, material handling equipment, welding equipment, paint equipment, sensors, and other manufacturing components. Ms. Parrott is an experienced project manager, and since joining Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in April of 2007, has performed automation research, specification development, electrical design, testing and implementation for many projects within the Automation and Data Systems Division.

Before joining SwRI, Ms. Parrott provided engineering solutions for a variety of manufacturing companies utilizing a wide array of process improvement techniques such as TQM, ISO, FMEA, Benchmarking, Lean Manufacturing, MIS and FIS. She has project experience as both a manager as well as technical engineer for a wide variety of manufacturing system projects. The following list highlights a few of the diverse set of projects: Engineering Services Support – Toyota Texas, Laser Welding System – GM, Paint Mix Bank Software Development – GM, SMART-EYE Conveyor Tracking System – GM & AT&T, Flexible Underbody Assembly System – Daimler Chrysler. Ms. Parrott has technical expertise with PLC ladder logic software, robot software, AutoCAD software for electrical design, HMI software, Microsoft Office software packages including Microsoft Project, and recently completed OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety Training certification.


Address:P.O. Box 28510, , San Antonio, Texas, United States, 78228

Crystal Parrott of Southwest Research Institute


Supersized Robots



Address:San Antonio, Texas, United States


We'll start with a technical presentation then have a pizza lunch and chapter business meeting.