Innovative Manufacturing Process Improvements

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$749,548.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W9113M-05-C-0211
Award Id:
69574
Agency Tracking Number:
B041-035-1681
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
150 Dow Street, Manchester, NH, 03101
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
009254546
Principal Investigator:
John Dignam
Vice President
(603) 624-9197
dignam@mentissciences.com
Business Contact:
John Dignam
Vice President
(603) 624-9197
dignam@mentissciences.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
The projected cost for the Mentis Sciences, Inc., (MSI) prototype PAC3 radome is 1/6th of the total cost of the present system. A Pareto analysis of the current MSI process indicates that the two largest costs in radome production are the direct labor associated with fabrication and the cost of the raw materials. In Phase I MSI demonstrated that COTS paint spraying technology reduced the direct labor costs associated with fabricating a radome and improved the quality of the radome. Specifically, MSI developed an automated resin spraying system using a high-volume, low-pressure (HVLP) paint gun and a computer controlled positioning system. In Phase II, MSI proposes to utilize the automated paint spraying technology to reduce the direct labor and materials costs associated with fabricating a full-scale radome and improve the quality of the radome. This research will involve development of the hardware and software to control the process, the implementation of process control systems, and the fabrication and testing of full-scale radomes. The solution proposed within this submission is scalable, and easily implemented into current parallel efforts at MSI such as the development of a full-scale prototype Nosecone TPS and Radome for the Kinetic Energy Interceptor (KEI) platform.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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