Rapid Boot Installation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-10-M-5129
Agency Tracking Number: F093-122-0336
Amount: $97,618.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: AF093C-122
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
11 Chestnut Street, Amesbury, MA, 01913
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Stewart Richardson
 Operations Manager
 (978) 388-2993
Business Contact
 Judy Snow
Title: Director of Defense Programs
Phone: (978) 388-2993
Email: jsnow@arc-tech.com
Research Institution
ARC is the current supplier of boot kits for a high volume airframe program and has the existing capabilities to manufacture the materials and develop the technologies required for this SBIR. We hold a secret facility clearance (including MP3) and our AS9100 quality system is registered and current. From our past experience we are prepared to develop and demonstrate novel manufacturing processes for final finish treatments to panels, doors, and structures in order to radically reduce labor hours and manufacturing cycle times. Our approach will include Pre-molded (i.e. complex injection molded configurations) parts that will significantly reduce the overall piece count at installation; formed “tips” to reduce fracture at apex points; and thermoforming complex curves to simplify material application. While this process will ideally focus on final finish placement on fully-assembled airframes, component-level efforts will also be addressed as we are evaluating a thermo-plastic over-molding technology for “one shot booting” of complex door and panel configurations as well. We anticipate that these approaches will cut final finish time and reduce or eliminate vacuum bagging at assembly. BENEFIT: Upon successful development of the reduction of boot kitting and OML process, ARC could offer these same processes to other branches of the Military as an alternative to current processes. These approaches will significantly reduce current production methods and cycle times. These new production methods will be made available to naval ships and other types of fixed wing and rotor aircraft as well as unmanned air vehicles.

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