At-Sea Operations and Seabasing Logistics

At-Sea Emergency Response

Ablaze managed a highly diverse research team which included Small Businesses and professors from Villanova University. The objectives of the Office of Naval Research (ONR) sponsored project were to develop, evaluate, and present concepts for scalable oceangoing systems that can quickly respond, assess the situation, and safely contain and decontaminate ships, cargo, and their personnel in the event of an accident, or unconventional warfare threat or event. For the final report, click here.

AACTS :: Advanced Robotic Container Handling Crane

Under sponsorship of the US Army, Ablaze personnel developed a robotic crane for an advanced cargo handling system for pierside and offshore discharge of containerships. The overall concept, called the Automated All-Weather Cargo Transfer System (AACTS), employed robotic materials handling techniques and a unique method to stabilize the ship/lighter interface. It is projected that the system, when used as a pier side container crane, could operate at close to 100 moves per hour.

Stereo-Vision for Crane Telerobotics

Under a US Navy contract, Ablaze personnel demonstrated the practical uses of Stereo-Vision for use in crane and other cargo handling applications. A stereo-vision system to provide feedback to crane operators is expected to greatly improve productivity; improve safety; reduce operator fatigue; reduce the amount of skill and training required to operate a crane; reduce damage to equipment; allow operations to continue in harsh environments, such as might be found during stormy weather and rough seas.

ASAP :: At-Sea Automated Palletizer

The At-Sea Automated Palletizer (ASAP) was developed to provide the ability to execute automated shipboard build-up of customized pallet loads for direct delivery to the point of consumption in support of future Joint Force operations. ASAP provides logistics capability improvement for the warfighter in combat, but also as the “warfighter” engages in operations other than combat, such as relief and reconstruction, security and engagement operations around the globe. ASAP helps bridge the gap between traditional logistics approaches focused more on distribution efficiencies than on distribution effectiveness yielding best results for customer requirements. Custom configured pallet loads, based on real-time, or near-real time consumption data and customer requirements, enable responsive logistics support to the end user, minimizes waste, reduces the logistics footprint, and reduces the need to manpower. ASAP has many military and commercial applications at sea and on land.

Crane Capability Requirements Analysis

Ablaze developed a ship based crane throughput model for operating in various sea states using Arena simulation software. Ablaze personnel provided transportation and technology expertise in a study to assess warfighter seabasing and Joint Logistics over the Shore (JLOTS) crane capability requirements, the crane technologies needed to support any identified mission capability requirements, and emerging commercial initiatives that might leverage military crane research and development (R&D) efforts. The purpose was to identify and evaluate the valid top-down requirements for advanced crane technologies as delineated in joint and service-specific documents and to assist the Office of Naval Research (ONR) efforts in the development, prioritization, and identification of warfighter crane needs. For a publication overview, click here.

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