Additively Manufactured Inflatable Hulls - Improved Survivability - 20% Total Ownership Cost Reduction

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Logistics Agency
Contract: SP4701-18-C-0057
Agency Tracking Number: L2-0135
Amount: $999,998.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: DLA152-001
Solicitation Number: 2015.2
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-08-21
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-08-20
Small Business Information
3350 Pawtucket Ave., Riverside, RI, 02915
DUNS: 079804434
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 David Pettey
 (508) 491-6859
 dpettey@responsetechs.com
Business Contact
 Ed Bard
Phone: (401) 585-5918
Email: ebard@responsetechs.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Seam failures of flexible inflatable hulls is the primary reason for failures of military RHIBS and CRCs.These failures are a result of the current manufacturing methods being used, and which have been in place for over fifty years.Whats more, the manufacturing methods and fragmented supply chain of these hulls result in very long and unreliable lead times.These shortcomings impact the survivability of thee crafts, and are impacting a DoD supply chain currently valued at $35 million annually.Response Technologies is bringing to bear its innovative and novel additive manufacturing process to solve these costly mission-impacting issues.Response Technologies is leveraging its technology, by partnering with Wing Inflatables, who is a market leading prime manufacturer.RTs novel process is anticipated to improve the total ownership cost of this product line for the DoD and its OEMs by 20%, which when successful would translate to annual savings of nearly $10M.RT uses a proprietary additive manufacturing process that it projects will result in:1) Increase the survivability of RHIBS and CRRCs2) Extend the service life of military sponsons by at least 20%3) Reduction in the lead time from 14-weeks, to a more reliable and repeatable 8-weeks.

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