The US Department of Defense is partnering with industry and academia on a multi-phase CTMA initiative to advance the state of new modular automation, robotic technologies, and manufacturing processes to provide a more agile and flexible production line solution that is easier and more cost-effective to operate and maintain.
Using a specific US arsenal as a surrogate, this initiative will leverage new technologies, processes, and design techniques to pilot an advanced modular automation manufacturing line that builds more reliable and less costly mechanical components for DOD weapon systems than current traditional labor- intensive manufacturing technologies and methods. Specific objectives include demonstration of the following:
- Reconfigurable, modular machinery that is easier to clean, service and maintain, with processes not required for a particular production run able to be stopped while maintenance is performed.
- Automated machinery that is fast and reliable and able to execute repeatable and precise manufacturing steps without tiring.
- A flexible manufacturing solution that can quickly make a variety of parts and components.
The focus of Phase III is to investigate solutions that can resolve some technical gaps that were discovered during Phases I & II. Throughout Phases I & II of this effort, the industry partner has been manufacturing, assembling and testing various segments of this modular automated production line. Because this is a custom build, there have been some significant discoveries that require attention to ensure viability of the system. The addition of a more robust electrical supply will be crucial to the operation of this production line, and a mist collection system and additional lighting will improve safety conditions for operators and ensure that maintenance can be effectively conducted on the cells.
If you feel your organization has the technical capabilities and would like to be considered for this project, please complete the form below and upload your organization’s technical capabilities statement.
Interested Submissions Due by 8/8/2023.
We encourage the participation of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs), including Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) and Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs).