NAVWARS Weapons Assembly Robot System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00024-06-C-4110
Agency Tracking Number: N043-199-1086
Amount: $748,717.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: N04-199
Solicitation Number: 2004.3
Small Business Information
3050 Clover Road, Bethel, OH, 45106
DUNS: 019009534
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 James Karlen
 Vice President
 (513) 734-7009
Business Contact
 N. Karlen
Title: President
Phone: (513) 734-7009
Research Institution
Opportunities exist to utilize proven robotics technology to automate the process of building air-launched ready service weapons aboard aircraft carriers and amphibious assault ships. Affordable and reliable automated systems, working in concert with crew members, promise means to increase ordnance throughput rates sufficiently to support the most aggressive sortie generation rates, while significantly reducing crew workload and improving safety. In the Phase I project, Agile Systems Inc. developed a concept for a flexible, reconfigurable automation system designed to assist ordnancemen in removing bomb bodies from their pallets and missiles and other all up rounds from their shipping containers, and loading those weapons into a GBU assembly system or directly onto MHU-191/M ready service transport skids. A detailed analysis of current weapons assembly, bomb depalletizing and missile decanning operations was conducted in Phase I and concepts for the overall system and key subsystems were developed and evaluated. In Phase II, an engineering prototype of the proposed bomb and missile handling system will be built and demonstrated.

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