TECHNOLOGY:  

Rapid Availability Support System RAS2

AFFILIATION:   Cranfield University, Cranfield, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom

TECHNOLOGY SUMMARY

Track: Defense Systems
Area: Other
Tech Readiness: TRL 4

Tech Brief: A Hybrid Additive Manufacturing system with related Decision Support System to support complex engineering systems of Navy platforms. Deployable unit to produce any spare part required in the war theatre. Next generation support system to reduce total cost of ownership of platform

FIGURES OF MERIT

Value Proposition: The impact of the RAS2 is substantial, firstly it improves dramatically the efficiency of the support to availability of CES, given the elimination of the “Administrative Delay Time” (ADT), “Logistic Delay Time” (LDT) and “Procurement Delay Time” (PDT). Secondly it reduces the supply chain complexity given the supplies of only wire and powders. Thirdly it reduces the time and the cost of the support service with a related reduction of total cost of ownership. Finally, providing flexible additive manufacturing capability to a defensive platform in a battlefield featured with disrupted supply chain may improve its ability to recover capability and improve its survivability and lethality.

SHOWCASE SUMMARY

Org Type: Academic/Gov Lab
Website: https://www.cranfield.ac.uk/