Accession Number : ADA305546

Title :   Combat Ration Advanced Manufacturing Technology Demonstration (CRAMTD). Alternate Filling of MRE Placeables Short Term Project (STP) Number 15. Results and Accomplishments.

Descriptive Note : Final technical rept. Jun 94-Aug 95,

Corporate Author : RUTGERS - THE STATE UNIV NEW BRUNSWICK NJ CENTER FOR ADVANCED FOOD TECHNOLOG Y

Personal Author(s) : Ogot, M. M.

PDF Url : ADA305546

Report Date : FEB 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 45

Abstract : Following literature review, patent search and visit to a combat ration producer packaging a placeable item, the parameters required to vertically fill preformed MRE pouches with placeable items were identified. Four design concepts were analyzed and evaluated resulting in one being selected for further design and construction. In support of the design of the linkage-type dwell mechanism required for a vertical filler, a new design tool was developed. The single and double dwell examples tested resulted in 54% and 41% reductions in structural error thus facilitating the use of linkage-type dwells. However, a prototype, based on the three-dimensional computer models, was not constructed. Instead, funding from DOD allowed purchase of horizontal form/fill/seal machines at each of the MRE producers and these packaging lines replace vertical filled lines for placeable products. Therefore, no further design or construction was carried out. It is recommended that a design study, using the new tools and approach, be conducted for specific item filling of horizontal form/fill/seal pouches. Such a design study should include a cost/benefit analysis and comparison to robotic and manual filling.

Descriptors :   *LINKAGES, *DWELL TIME, *MILITARY RATIONS, WARFARE, ROBOTICS, MODELS, LITERATURE SURVEYS, TOOLS, COMPUTERS, STRUCTURAL PROPERTIES, THREE DIMENSIONAL, VERTICAL ORIENTATION, ERRORS, SEARCHING, PACKAGING, MACHINES, MANUAL OPERATION, RATIONS, SEALS(STOPPERS), FILLING, PATENTS, FILLERS, BAGS.

Subject Categories : Reciprocating and Rotating Engines
      Food, Food Service and Nutrition

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE