OF SURFACE MOUNT TECHNOLOGY

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 231
Amount: $47,800.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1983
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Practical Design Labs For
21 Atherton Avenue, Nashua, NH, 03060
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
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Business Contact
 John H. Williams
Phone: (603) 889-1644
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
THE PROBLEM PROPOSED IN THIS PROPOSAL IS THE WIDENING GAP BETWEEN EMERGING ELECTRONICS R&D AND AMERICAN MANUFACTURES ABILITY TO EFFECTIVELY PRODUCE THE NEXT GENERATION OF PRINTED WIRING ASSEMBLIES. AN OPPORTUNITY CURRENTLY EXISTS TO INITIATE LONG TERM SOLUTIONS FOR IMPROVING OUR MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGIES BY USING THE LATEST GENERATION OF COMPUTERS, VISION SYSTEMS, AND MECHANICS TO PROVIDE AN INTELLIGENT MANUFACTURING MACHINE (IMM) FOR THE PRODUCTION OF PRINTED WIRING ASSEMBLIES (PWA'S) BASED ON SURFACE MOUNT TECHNOLOGIES (SMT). OUR OBJECTIVES ARE TO PRODUCE A COST EFFECTIVE IMM TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURERS (FEM) IN THE SMT AREA. SOME OF THE INNOVATIONS INCORPORATED IN THE IMM WOULD BE THE APPLICATION OF A FRESH APPROACH TO ROBOTICS AND STATE OF THE ART (SOA) VISION SYSTEMS. EACH OF THESE AREAS COUPLED WITH THE LATEST GENERATION OF COMPUTERS AND SENSORS WILL MAKE A MORE POWERFULL SYSTEMS IMPLEMENTATION POSSIBLE. THE PHASE I EXPLORATORY DEVELOPMENT WILL FOCUS ON THOSE ISSUES WHICH CLOSELY EFFECT THE IMPLEMENTATION OF SMT. THEY ARE: (A) THE SENSORY AND CONTROL ELEMENTS REQUIRED TO EXECUTE HIGH PRECISION ASSEMBLY (B) THE PWA REQUIREMENTS IN 3-5 YEARS.

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