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Automated Quality Control for Thermal Battery Pellets

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0006-08-C-7826
Agency Tracking Number: B073-023-0160
Amount: $99,829.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA07-023
Solicitation Number: 2007.3
Solicitation Year: 2007
Award Year: 2008
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2008-02-13
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2009-08-13
Small Business Information
5430 70th Avenue North, Pinellas Park, FL, 33781
DUNS: 622717452
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 David Harney
 Director, Technology
 (727) 520-1393
Business Contact
 R. Jackson
Title: President
Phone: (727) 520-1393
Research Institution
The overall objective of this program is to develop methodologies for: automatic removal of the pellets from the press, precise measurement of the pellets (weight, thickness), calculation of density, inspection of pellets for chips and cracks, and segregation of non-compliant pellets. Automation of the above processes will ultimately lead to increased throughput with reduced cycle times. Phase I will consist of an engineering study of the various methods, designs to implement these methods, analysis features and benefits of the designs, cost analysis and timeliness to implement, and selection of the most promising approach. In Phase II, selected designs will be translated into working models and tested on a bench scale. Once the system integration/ performance issues have been identified and resolved, the design will be integrated onto a selected press and again tested. Redesign and redeployment iteration(s) will continue in order to prove in the design of choice and validate the technical approach.

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