Total Ship Training Concept

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$1,190,000.00
Award Year:
2001
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N00014-01-C-0355
Award Id:
44005
Agency Tracking Number:
N991-1745
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
PO Box 717, 35 Water Street, Wiscasset, ME, 04578
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
David Patch
Project Manager
(207) 882-7589
dpatch@suscom-maine.net
Business Contact:
Norman Palmer
Controller
(207) 882-7589
palmern@simworks.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
The application of industrial lasers in producing structuralshapes for shipbuilding will create enormous savings (in excessof $1M per Destroyer), plus result in a higher quality productthan produced by present methods. This is because componentsfabricated from plate steel are inherently more precise and lowerweight than those produced form traditional rolled steel. A majorrequirement is the need for automatic categorization, nesting,and handling of steel plate used in fabricating structural shapes(i.e. I-beams, T-beams). The key issue underlying thiscapability is that the flow of raw materials through the cuttingand welding process requires management of many components tocreate an optimized delivery of end product (fabricated parts)with minimal material waste of labor expense. Development of anOptimized Structural Component Assembly Manager (OSCAM) isproposed. This proposed approach will create a module systemcompatible with emerging CAD standards, commercial cutting andwelding systems and suitable for adaptation to variousmanufacturing requirements, with emphasis on shipbuilding. Toensure commercialization success, as part of this initiative, thelaser welding process and the product of the process will becertified.

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