Manufacturing Issues for Multimode Seeker Domes

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W31P4Q-08-C-0067
Agency Tracking Number: A072-016-1209
Amount: $118,473.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: A07-016
Solicitation Number: 2007.2
Small Business Information
133 Defense Highway, Suite 212, Annapolis, MD, 21401
DUNS: 153908801
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Evans LaRoche
 Research Scientist/Engineer
 (410) 987-1656
Business Contact
 Sharon Fehrenbacher
Title: CEO
Phone: (410) 224-3710
Research Institution
TA&T has demonstrated the capability to produce 7” diameter, hemispherical domes of transparent spinel by cold isostatic pressing (CIP) of spinel powder, followed by sintering without application of pressure, and finally followed by hot isostatic pressing (HIP). TA&T has exercised its dome manufacturing process sufficiently to have solved many process problems. At the same time, TA&T has gained a qualitative understanding of where the greatest costs are incurred and where the greatest risks remain. The proposed program will study the manufacturing process in greater detail in order to confirm current cost/risk reduction priorities and to quantify anticipated cost savings. A plan will be developed for scaleup to full manufacturing mode and to clarify opportunities for process improvement and substantial cost reductions. Value Stream Mapping and Theory of Constraints analyses will be used to identify/confirm the process steps that must be improved, by way of cost reduction or increased throughput. A revised manufacturing process that incorporates the needed improvements will be developed. Risk assessments will be performed for the revised process to assure that product and process objectives will be met.

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