Accession Number : ADP002830

Title :   The Impact of Factory Automation and Robotics on the Contracting and Acquisition Processes,


Personal Author(s) : Martin,M. D. ; Guyton,R. D.

Report Date : 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 6

Abstract : A report issued by the United States (U.S.) Comptroller General in 1976 noted that virtually every item produced by the U.S. industry is procured by the Federal Government. Products and services are procured by the Department of Defense (DoD) from over 25,000 industrial firms. The basic mechanism is through the contracting and acquisition processes. The key question raised by these circumstances is how will the increasing use of automation and robotics impact the contracting and acquisition processes in the 1980s and 1990s. A study was conducted to identify and classify the changes which will result from this trend to factory automation. The items considered include: reclassification and structure of contract costs; contracting and acquisition planning; contract types and their use; cost visibility; labor and other direct costs; cost and price analysis; cost control; bidding and solicitation procedures; and, clause structure and selection. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Industrial production, *Automation, *Government procurement, *Contract administration, Production rate, Robotics, Planning programming budgeting, Acquisition, Symposia

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE