Prediction Methodology for Manufacturing Readiness Assessments

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8651-08-C-0144
Agency Tracking Number: F071-162-1009
Amount: $721,325.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: AF071-162
Solicitation Number: 2007.1
Small Business Information
2018-B Lewis Turner Blvd., Fort Walton Beach, FL, 32547
DUNS: 783510167
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Candace Smith
 Senior Software Systems E
 (850) 864-2552
Business Contact
 Robert Roy
Title: Vice President
Phone: (850) 864-2552
Research Institution
Vertical Operations Management stems from a confluence of advanced technology and new business philosophy. Both are emerged into a practical application of lean thinking, enhancing factory operations, providing proactive responses, and improving efficiencies. VOM is the catalyst for recognizing and mitigating manufacturing risk through identifying choke-points causing yield limitations. This proposal includes problem examination through existing production scenarios and current supply chain performance. Phase I results evolve into a Phase II total enterprise structure for commercial use. Phase II technical objectives provide predictive yield and manufacturing readiness assessments. Innovative concepts for cultural change, RFID tags, interactive mapping tools, and built-in intelligence are discussed. The work plan and commercialization strategy are defined. VOM is the enabler for the Factory of the Future, provides tools supporting totality of manufacturing operations, and utilizes IT concepts to proactively alert decision makers and stakeholders. Stakeholders become integral with the manufacturing process and have real-time alerts and wide access to information. Confidence is restored to predictive adeptness. Stakeholders, from customer to low-tier suppliers, reap benefits. VOM increases supply chain involvement, embellishes reports, and generates esthetic graphics. VOM contains built-in responses, utilizes improved tools, employs advanced technology, and expands knowledge sharing. VOM is the keystone to predictive methodology and manufacturing readiness assessments.

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