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Ship Mission Readiness Measurement System

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Department of Defense
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2001 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
6059 Mission Drive West Bloomfield, MI 48324
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2001
Title: Ship Mission Readiness Measurement System
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00024-01-C-4037
Award Amount: $69,903.00


Apogee Engineering Inc. proposes to R&D a system for separating partially empty aerosol cans into: empty cans, plastic parts, residual liquid and volatile components.The approved disposal method is collection in steel drums, where one drum full of 150cansis a drum of Excess Hazardous Waste for disposal onshore at costs averaging $2.83/can. Apogee proposes the separated components can be disposed of in an economical and environmentally safe manner for about $0.034/can. The complete systemwill consist of:improved can voiding device,volatile components management system, volatile component adsorption system and valve removal device for separating the plastic parts from metal parts. Principal investigator: Gary L. Gardner Sr.,P.E., chemical engineer with 40years experience in diverse technologies.The R&D will establish, in partnership with the Navy, a design basis for the complete system. Existing systems allow excessive volatile components to escape into the immediate atmosphere of the systems and fail toseparate the plastic components. A superior system with optional features will be developed that meets the needs of the Navy, other governmental agencies and the private sector. Optional designs allow marketing of less expensive models for entities notrequiring the stringent Navy standards.Benefits to the Navy, as a result of this research and development,will be the designof a safer and easier to use aerosol can voiding/disposal system for use onboard ships. The system will: (1) puncture partiallyempty aerosol cans safely with zero exposure of the contents to the operator; (2) adsorb the hazardous components from the punctured aerosol cans, reducing emissions to essentially zero; (3) collect the liquid contents in a liquid containment drum fordisposal as ordinary liquid waste; (4) separate the plastic containing valve assembly from the empty can so that the empty can and plastic components can be disposed of properly. The commercial applications are numerous and, most importantly, beneficialto the environment: minimizing co-mingled waste in landfills; minimizing release of volatile gasses into the atmosphere; minimizing waste by the cruise ship industry, the health care industry, the hotel/lodging industry and other similar industries.

Principal Investigator:

Gary Gardner, Sr., P.E.
Senior Project Manager

Business Contact:

Marjorie Dorton
Corporate Secretary
Small Business Information at Submission:

6059 Mission Drive West Bloomfield, MI 48324

EIN/Tax ID: 383377650
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No