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Deployable Assembly / Kitting Platform for Unitized Group Rations

Description:

TECHNOLOGY AREA(S): Materials

OBJECTIVE: Develop and/or promote solutions for an assembly/kitting system that is self-contained and can be quickly deployed and operational with a short period of time.

DESCRIPTION: Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Troop Support (TS) Subsistence topic of interest is research focused on identifying and/or developing a mobile assembly platform to assemble Unitized Group Rations (UGRs) or other kits to supplement or temporarily replace current production at other fixed locations.This research project shall involve:• Establishing an equipment list to execute the complete assembly function; i.e., carton sealers, roller conveyors, etc. • Developing the most efficient assembly line configuration to maximize production output • Researching the container size necessary to store and ship the equipment • A power system that can either run on its own or use an outside generator • A loading and unloading system to assist with moving the equipment into and out of the storage/shipping container • Establishing a maintenance cycle for the equipment • Ensuring that equipment can be off-loaded and the kitting process started within six hours.

PHASE I: Phase I – 6 Months $100KThe research and development goals of Phase I are to provide eligible Small Business firms the opportunity to successfully demonstrate the viability of a deployable assembly/kitting platform for UGRs.A Concept of Operations (CONOPs) will be created by the vendor for the storage, deployment, and assembly of UGRs.A sample list of UGR components can be found at the following link: https://www.dla.mil/TroopSupport/Subsistence/Operational-rations/ugrhsThe vendor will not be responsible for procuring component items.The CONOPs for this project should include, but not be limited to the lifecycle of the deployable platform; from establishing the equipment list and researching and identifying storage/shipping containers to the off-loading of equipment and the set-up of the assembly line within six hours.The deliverables for this project will include a final report to include a cost breakdown for this initiative.

PHASE II: Phase II – 24 Months $1.6MBased on the research and development results and the CONOPs developed during PHASE I, the research and development goals of PHASE II will emphasize the form, function, and assembly of the UGRs.The CONOPs will take place within CONUS as mutually agreed upon between TS Subsistence and the vendor.As of now, the vendor will not be required to purchase component items for Phase II.

PHASE III: Based on the research and development results and the CONOPs developed during PHASE I, the research and development goals of PHASE II will emphasize the form, function, and assembly of the UGRs.The CONOPs will take place within CONUS as mutually agreed upon between TS Subsistence and the vendor.As of now, the vendor will not be required to purchase component items for Phase II.COMMERCIALIZATION:The vendor will pursue commercialization of the various processes and technologies associated with the mobile platform assembly of UGRs in prior phases as well as potential commercial sales of any parts or other items.

KEYWORDS: Assembly, Kitting, Unitized Group Rations

References:

1. DoD Manual1338.10, DoD Food Service Manual;http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/133810m.pdf2. TB MED 530/NAVMED P-5010-1/AFMAN 48-147_IP, “Tri-Service Food Code,” October 7, 2013; http://www.med.navy.mil/directives/Pub/5010-1.pdf3. Defense Logistics Agency: DLA Troop Support Subsistence.https://www.dla.mil/TroopSupport/Subsistence.aspx

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