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AUTOMATED ELECTRONIC PARTS PACKAGING AND HANDLING SYSTEM

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
10343
Program Year/Program:
1989 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
10343
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
University Resrch. Engrs. &
Bldg 10 Suite 5 Maynard, MA 01754
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1989
Title: AUTOMATED ELECTRONIC PARTS PACKAGING AND HANDLING SYSTEM
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $49,855.00
 

Abstract:

ACCORDING TO A 1983 STUDY, DOD'S EXPENDITURE FOR ELECTRONIC COMMODITIES CONSTITUTES OVER ONE THIRD ($15 BILLION) OF THE TOTAL ANNUAL COST FOR ALL MILITARY SYSTEMS AND THE RATIO IS EXPECTED TO INCREASE IN THE YEARS AHEAD. SIGNIFICANT COST REDUCTION COULD BE REALIZED IF AUTOMATION FOR LOW VOLUME ASSEMBLY AND REPAIR OPERATIONS COULD BE ACHIEVED. THE FIRST STEP TOWARD AN AUTOMATION GOAL IS TO DEVELOP A STANDARD ELECTRONIC COMPONENT PACKAGE (SECP) THAT INCORPORATES FEASURES THAT FACILITATE RELIABLE MECHANICAL HANDING (SPROCKET HOLES IMILAR TO MOTION PICTURE FILM) AS WELL AS PART PROTECTION, ORIENTATION, AND IDENTIFICATION (BAR CODE). THESE FEATURES WOULD PROMOTE AN AUTOMATIC STORAGE, RETRIEVAL, AND DELIVERY SYSTEM (SRDS) AND SEMI-FLEXIBLE AUTOMATIC ASSEMBLY EQUIPMENT. THE BAR CODE ATTACHED TO EACH STANDARDIZED PACKAGE WOULD PROVIDE THE PHYSICAL LINK BETWEEN THE COMPONENT (PAKAGE), THE EQUIPMENT SYSTEM CONTROL SOFTWARE AND THE MANAGEMENT CONTROL AND INFORMATION SYSTEM SOFTWARE (WORK SCHEDULES, INVENTORY CONTROL, JOB LABOR AND MATERIAL COST, ETC.). THE SECP CONCEPT IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE SRDS OVERCOMES THE COMPLEXITIES OF MECHANICALLY GRASPING AND STORING A VAST ARRAY OF PARTS (EACH WITH A DIFFERENT GEOMETRY). THE TWO INVESTIGATORS HAVE A TOTAL OF 60(+) YEARS EXPERIENCE IN THE DESIGN OF AUTOMATIC MATERIAL HANDLING EQUIPMENT AND HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN ELECTRONIC ASSEMBLY FOR 15(+) YEARS.

Principal Investigator:

Thomas F Callahan
5088970684

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

University Research Engrs & As
1-2 Oak Ridge Dr Maynard, MA 01754

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No