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Innovative Marking Technology for Hand Grenades

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15QKN-19-P-0006
Agency Tracking Number: A181-077-0590
Amount: $99,159.05
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A18-077
Solicitation Number: 2018.1
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-10-29
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-04-27
Small Business Information
300 Westdale Avenue, Westerville, OH, 43082
DUNS: 877299446
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dr. Max Mullen
 (614) 797-2200
 mmullen@metss.com
Business Contact
 Kenneth Heater
Phone: (614) 797-2200
Email: kheater@metss.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The MK3A2 offensive hand grenade has been out of commission since 1975, leaving warfighters with stun (flash) and fragmentation grenades, which do not have the level of lethality for incapacitating enemy combatants. Efforts have been in the forefront to develop an optimized replacement. The objective of the Topic A181-077 SBIR program is to develop a novel and innovative technology that produces durable, legible markings on the XM111 offensive hand grenade without the need to treat overspray and smudging. The developed solution must also consider the ease of use and affordability of implementation into load-assembly-pack (LAP) facilities. The primary goals of Phase I involve developing a robust ink, determining the ink's compatibility with available printing systems, conducting durability testing (including spackle knife, acetone, and other ASTM methods), and identifying key parameters and verification methods for the initial system requirement specification (SRS). Phase II will primarily focus on scaling the process and demonstrating that the resulting system can produce 50,000 units per month, which will assist in a successful transition of the technology to commercialization.

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