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Improved Manufacturing Processes For EKV Telescopes by Application of DFMA and Advanced Metrology Tools

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0006-05-C-7183
Agency Tracking Number: 044-1059
Amount: $99,324.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA04-111
Solicitation Number: 2004.4
Solicitation Year: 2004
Award Year: 2005
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2005-03-07
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2005-09-07
Small Business Information
Laurel Brook Road
Middlefield, CT 06455
United States
DUNS: 052536570
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Michael James
 Engineering Manager
 (520) 292-8900
Business Contact
 Gary Folsom
Title: Business Manager, Space & Defense
Phone: (714) 918-7435
Research Institution

There is significant opportunity to reduce cost, cycle time, and process variability of optical sensor assemblies through the application of innovative engineering and metrology tools. The objective of this proposal is to demonstrate the feasibility of applying DFMA (Design for Manufacturability and Assembly) techniques and Advanced Metrology tools to systematically evaluate the manufacturing processes associated with construction of EKV telescopes, and to relate this information to improvements in cost, cycle time, reliability, quality/yield and manufacturing process variability. The metrics for making a true assessment are interrelated in a complex manner that includes the design/system performance requirements, component design and fabrication methods, assembly and alignment methods and procedures, test requirements, and the special tooling and test equipment used to accomplish the tasks at each level. Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, Arizona will work together with Zygo as an integrated product improvement (IPT) team to model different candidate designs and feed the DFMA information back into the design cycle. By doing this in an iterative manner, each configuration can be evaluated uniformly with each candidate design having the benefits of the DFMA process. Zygo has a successful track record of achieving reduced cost and cycle time and improved yield from distributed resources through the use of the DFMA process.

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