Industrial Human Augmentation System – Prototype Design for Affordability

NCMS Project #: 140505

Problem: The problem this technology addresses is the high Total Ownership Cost (TOC) of DoD assets including U.S. Navy carriers, surface ships and submarines. Labor represents the majority of costs associated with the construction, maintenance, repair and disposal of DoD assets. Technological advances are needed to reduce TOCs through increased productivity, improved quality, and a reduction in the costs associated with worker injuries.

Some industrial tools, such as heat induction unit, grinders, blasters, and water lances employed for corrosion control, remediation, and other uses, are often heavy or awkward to use in shipyards. These factors limit productivity and impact quality as workers need frequent rest and stretch breaks, as a result of the effort in using these heavy toosl, and from applications that require uncomfortable contortions of the worker’s body.

Benefit: Productivity improvements, quality improvements and injury prevention/reduction are the benefits the DoD will receive once this technology is available to the DoD industrial base.

Solution/Approach: The purpose of this project effort is to optimize the MANTIS design used at PSNS in order to reduce production costs and system weight. The intent is to significantly reduce the weight of these assemblies, simplify the design for manufacturing, eliminate as many custom parts as possible, and substantially reduce the overall cost to manufacture these assemblies. Changes in materials alone will not get us to the cost targets the Navy has established for this technology. Changes in the design are required, such as limiting the number of custom parts, and reducing the overall weight to enable a broader range of users to operate it.

The project effort proposed will take us from a proof of principle prototype to a more optimized, second generation MANTIS design or MANTIS 2G. This is the logical first milestone in a larger effort to meet the price and functionality targets being developed by the Navy.

DoD Participation:

  • Puget Sound Naval Shipyard
  • NAVSEA 04
  • Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock

Industry Participation:

  • Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control
  • Equipois
  • NCMS