Automated Shipboard Build-up of Customized Pallet Loads

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-10-M-0159
Agency Tracking Number: N101-091-0725
Amount: $69,919.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: N101-091
Solicitation Number: 2010.1
Small Business Information
554 N. Ave. NW, Suite E, Atlanta, GA, 30318
DUNS: 080147635
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Steve Gieseking
 Chief Technology Officer
 (404) 920-0721
Business Contact
 Steve Dickerson
Title: Chairman
Phone: (404) 920-0731
Research Institution
This project is expected to make very lightweight, portable, and compact gantry robots able to build arrays of diverse items (or SKUs). Such arrays are commonly needed for palletizing, truck loading, and container loading in both industry and in the military. The process is currently often very manual as cost effective solutions often are not available. The specific technologies needed to go from manual to highly automated are: 1. Building light, compact, cost-effective but capable motion systems. This is the primary intellectual property of the proposing company. 2. Measurement of locations of payloads relative to pickup and deposition points. This is a topic of sensing emphasized in this proposal using evolving but existing technologies which have in the last few years become cheaper and more capable. 3. Methods of lifting, controlling, and depositing accurately diverse items. This is considered the main impediment to current applications and emphasized in the proposal Resolutions of these items are the primary technical issues in the Phase 1 proposal.

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