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(4) Autonomous Retrieval and Delivery

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-20-C-0450
Agency Tracking Number: N201-X02-1077
Amount: $199,596.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N201-X02
Solicitation Number: 20.1
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-05-18
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-09-18
Small Business Information
3741 Plaza Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108-1655
United States
DUNS: 197187602
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Glenn Beach
 (734) 668-2567
Business Contact
 Margaret Press
Phone: (734) 668-2567
Research Institution

Over the past decade, commercial industry has begun to integrate flexible robotic material handling solutions to improve the efficiency and reliability of operations. This has been particularly true for manufacturing facilities and warehouses, which have begun to integrate a wide range of autonomous vehicles for retrieving and moving supplies as well as robotic manipulators for retrieving components. However, military sustainment depots have not yet integrated these emerging technologies, which would enable support personnel to spend more time sustaining vehicle platforms and less time simply retrieving parts and supplies needed for the process. Cybernet has been working with both commercial and military customers to develop autonomous vehicle and material handling solutions to enable exactly these operations. We propose to leverage this past work to develop an autonomous supply retrieval processĀ for use at U.S. military depots, warehouses, and supply points. Specifically, we propose to create an autonomous forklift to retrieve palletized supplies and an autonomous electric tug to carry supplies from the point of storage to the point of use. We will further expand this concept in Phase II to include an integrated system to retrieve individual components for delivery.

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