Automated Bin-Picking and Package Delivery System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N65540-04-C-0013
Agency Tracking Number: N02-031-02
Amount: $749,935.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2002
Solicitation Topic Code: N02-031
Solicitation Number: 2002.1
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
In its SBIR Phase I, Agile Systems Inc. developed concepts for new shipboard automated material handling technologies that address important opportunities to reduce crew size and generally increase logistics efficiency on Navy surface combatants—present and future—as well as on aircraft carriers and the CLF supply vessels that serve Carrier Battle Groups. NAVPAK is a system that automates the strikedown, stowage, selective retrieval and intraship distribution of package-size goods. Backfit to current DDG 51-class destroyers and CG 47-class cruisers, NAVPAK promises means to double the rate at which strikedown and stowage of provisions, spare parts and other consumables is performed, while reducing the manpower required up to 90%. In the proposed Phase II effort, an engineering prototype of the NAVPAK stowage and retrieval system will be designed, built, tested and demonstrated. This prototype will include the key enabling technologies of the NAVPAK AS/RS, including Mobile Package Carriers driven by an array of linear synchronous motors, a robotic load/unload device, vertical package conveyor mockup and real-time control system. In a Phase II Option, an improved robot will be added to the system and the prototype will be tested on NAVSEA Philadelphia’s Ship Motion Simulator under realistic dynamic loads.

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