Integrated Palletization Assist System (IPAS)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-19-P-2014
Agency Tracking Number: F182-050-1448
Amount: $149,796.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF182-050
Solicitation Number: 2018.2
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-12-19
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-12-19
Small Business Information
1998 Bucktail Lane, Sugar Grove, IL, 60554
DUNS: 106924822
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Bastian
 (630) 466-7664
Business Contact
 Courtenay Bowman
Phone: (630) 466-7664
Research Institution
HMC conceived the Integrated Palletization Assist System (IPAS) as a simple and rugged system comprised of a swinging gantry arm that is attached to a rolling floor cart by means of hinged connections.The IPAS also includes a secondary static frame arm having a wide support roller at its top. In its simplest configuration the IPAS allows airmen to prearrange the top net and side nets on the ground adjacent to the built-up and palletized cargo. The IPAS is then rolled into place between the net and the palletized cargo and the gantry arm is manually lowered to ground level. The top cargo net is then attached to the top member of the swinging gantry arm by means of the existing top net hooks. Once the netting is secured to the top member of the gantry, the swinging gantry is manually rotated over the support roller of the secondary frame allowing the netting to be easily and precisely positioned over the palletized cargo. By its design, IPAS will greatly reduce the occurrence of AMC airman injury due to cargo net installation while improving the speed, efficiency and ease with which cargo nets are installed on palletized cargo.

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