CONTAINERS

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$48,000.00
Award Year:
1984
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
1084
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Ver-val Enterprises, Inc.
97 Hill Avenue, Fort Walton Beach, FL, 32548
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
MARK MADAMBA
(904) 244-7931
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
THE DESIGN OF MUNITIONS CONTAINERS INCLUDE MECHANICAL LATCH MECHANISMS USED TO SECURE THE TOP OF THE CONTAINER. ALL LATCHES ARE DESIGNED TO BE MANUALLY ENGAGED AND A LARGE NUMBER HAVE AN ADJUSTMENT WHICH ALLOWS AN INCREASE IN SEALING PRESSURE, SUCH AS THE COMMONLY USED "OVER CENTER DRAW BOLT LATCH." THESE LATCHES THROUGH USE AND WEAR, HAVE A TENDENCY TO BECOME OUT OF ADJUSTMENT. WHEN THIS OCCURS THE PRESSURE ACTION CANNOT BE OBTAINED, THEREBY CREATING AN INSECURE CONTAINER SEAL. THESE LATCHES WERE DESIGNED TO BE HAND ENGAGED, WHICH IN ITSELF DOES NOT PRESENT A PROBLEM WHEN OPENING AND CLOSING ONE OR TWO CONTAINERS. THE PROBLEM ARISES (WHICH IS MORE COMMONLY THE CASE) WHEN MANY CONTAINERS ARE OPENED AND CLOSED DURING MAINTENANCE AND HIGH TEMPO READINESS EXERCISES. INSTEAD OF CLOSING THE LATCHES BY HAND A MORE COMMON PRACTICE IS TO USE THE FOOT (AND SOMETIMES KICK) TO CLOSE THE LATCHES.THERE IS NO SPECIAL TOOL DESIGNED TO OPEN OR CLOSE THE LATCH. THERE IS NO SPECIAL TOOL DESIGNED TO OPEN OR CLOSE THE LATCH. ANOTHER COMMON PRACTICE IS TO USE A SCREW DRIVER, EVEN THOUGH FROM A TECHNICAL STANDPOINT, THIS CONSTITUTES MISUE OF A HAND TOOL. SINCE THE LATCH MECHANISMS PROVIDE A POSITIVE SEAL, IT BECOMES MOST IMPORTANT THAT THEY FUNCTION PROPERLY IN ORDER TO PROVIDE THE DESIRED PROTECTION FOR THE ENCASED WEAPON.

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