RAPID prototyping, MILITARY weapons, AIR force procurement, and DEFENSE procurement
The article reports that U.S. Air Force chief scientist Mica Endsley is proposing the rapid prototyping to address requirements issues that caused delayed programs and funding problems. Topics covered include the advantages of rapid prototyping in making changes before actual production of a weapon system and the concept the Air Force's Planning & Direction, Collection, Processing and Exploitation, Analysis & Production and Dissemination Experimentation (PCPAD-X)
RAPID prototyping, DEFENSE industries, and JOINT ventures
The article informs that 12 more organizations in Australia have adopted the Rapid Prototyping, Development and Evaluation Program (RPDE) of the Australian government. According to minister of defense material Jason Clare, RPDE is a joint venture of national defense, industries and academics to address the high risk and complex defense capability issues. The companies who have joined the program include Elbit Systems of Australia Pty. Ltd., Pilatus Australia Pty. Ltd., and Artis Group Pty. Ltd.
TECHNOLOGICAL innovations, CONTRACT proposals, and RAPID prototyping
The article reports that the United States Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Science and Technology (S& T) Directorate has established TechSolutions, a program designed to enable the nationwide community of first responders to let DHS know what their technological needs are. Through the program, the department can respond quickly to select proposals with development and prototyping efforts.
RAPID prototyping, BUSINESS planning, and BUILDINGS
The article reports on a building planned by Sikorsky for a Rapid Prototyping and Military Derivatives Completion Center at its Schweizer Aircraft subsidiary in Elmira, New York. The new center is a step in the long-range corporate strategy to increase capacity to meet the growing demand for military products. It will be branded the Sikorsky HAWK Works @ Schweizer Aircraft and be the primary completion center for all Black Hawk and Naval Hawk derivative aircraft-mostly for foreign customers.
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RAPID prototyping, PRODUCTION methods, PHARMACEUTICAL industry, MANUFACTURING processes, PRODUCT quality, and UNITED States legislators
The article discusses the move of the legislators to pressure the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the strict implementation of the Process Analytical Technology (PAT) program for the pharmaceutical companies in the U.S. It highlights the lapses of the pharmaceutical companies in producing quality drugs and products which prompted lawmakers to push the industry to use PAT. It notes that PAT ensures the industry with an improve productivity, efficiency and quality of finished products.
THREE-dimensional printing, GAS turbines, POWER plant maintenance & repair, RAPID prototyping, 3-D printers, and TECHNOLOGY
The article reports on the use of additive manufacturing to solve complex problems for gas turbines. It is said that power plants are complex systems and countless opportunities for things to go wrong. Custom gas turbine components manufactured in short time required using traditional methods, but with the advent of three-dimensional (3-D) printing it's the way of the future.
UNITED States. Congress. Armed Services Committees and DRONE aircraft
The article discusses the competitive prototyping effort of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committees to bridge the Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) carrier-based drone and the Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator (UCAS-D) program.
MILITARY vehicles, DEFENSE contracts, and PUBLIC contracts
The article reports that the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) found no problem with the decision of the U.S. Army to waive the competitive prototyping requirement for the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) program, which was done by the army to reduce the cost and risk associated with the bidding process. Topics discussed include the reason defense firm General Dynamics protested the move of the Army and the idea behind competitive prototyping in terms of reducing technical risks.
The article reports that Australian Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare said the Rapid Prototyping, Development and Evaluation Program (RPDE) has been joined by twelve more Australian organizations. RPDE is the Australian government's effort to fix high risk and complex Defence capability problems. The program is a partnership among defense, industry and academic institutions across the nation.
MERGERS & acquisitions, MILITARY vehicles, and RAPID prototyping
The article offers information on the acquisition of California-based small vehicle maker company Millen Works by Textron Marine & Land Systems. According to the vice president of Textron, the company Millen Works has ability to create high performance, mobile and safe vehicles. It also states that MillenWorks is developing new solutions for military and commercial vehicles and has rapid prototyping expertise.
The article reports that 54 companies, academic institutions and government agencies have been selected to join the Rapid Prototyping Development and Evaluation Program (RPDE) of Australia. This was announced by Greg Combet, Australia's Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel and Science, on October 20, 2009. He said RPDE now has a pool of 189 companies, universities and government agencies which can source the intellects to address Defence problems.
MILITARY airplane design & construction, PROTOTYPES, INDUSTRIAL design, and ATTACK helicopters
The article reports that the U.S. Pentagon's acquisition chief Frank Kendall has asked the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to design a high performance aircraft that would lead to a working prototype to help maintain industrial design capacity. Kendall also expressed the possibility of an attack helicopter design prototype.
INDUSTRIAL advertising, PUBLISHING, INTERNET, ADVERTISERS, RAPID prototyping, and MARKETING
This article focuses on business-to-business (B-to-B) circulators in publishing industry. B-to-B circulators face unique challenges--one of the biggest is a rapidly changing and often shrinking universe of readers. How does a circulator maintain circulation levels of buyers and specifiers that advertisers want to reach when positions in the target industry are combined or eliminated? Integrated or Separate Databases? Magazine brands are no longer just synonymous with magazines. The Internet has created new product opportunities for B-to-B media companies.
The article reports that 59 companies and academic institutions have been chosen to join Australia's Rapid Prototyping Development and Evaluation (RPDE) program. This was announced by Bruce Billson, the Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence, on May 31, 2007. The RPDE program is designed to enhance the war-fighting capacity of the Australian Defence Force. Billson said the addition of these 59 organizations reflects the success of RPDE.
DEFENSE industries, RAPID prototyping, and AEROSPACE industries
The article announces the Rapid Prototyping Development and Evaluation Program (RPDE) to improve Australian Defence Force (ADF) capabilities. According to Bruce Billson, Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence (MoD), the RPDE program has enlisted the support of 83 industry and academic bodies. It aims to harness the innovative talents of the industry, defence and academic participants to rapidly develop solutions to pressing issues of operational capability for the ADF. Several benefits of the program are also cited.
BUSINESS planning, MILITARY supplies, and RECONNAISSANCE aircraft
The article reports that Sikorsky plans a new 100,000 square-foot building for a Rapid Prototyping and Military Derivatives Completion Center at its Schweizer Aircraft subsidiary in Elmira, New York. The new center is a step in the long-range corporate strategy to increase capacity to meet the growing demand for military products. The new center also adds capacity for additional future military work and other special mission aircraft manufactured at Schweizer, such as the Fire Scout unmanned air system and fixed wing reconnaissance aircraft.
ANTI-submarine warfare, REMOTELY piloted vehicles, MILITARY aeronautics, and MILITARY vehicles
This article reveals that rapid prototyping of anti-submarine warfare (ASW) technologies and creating a stable industrial base are some of the key areas the U.S. Navy will pursue in 2006, according to the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO). Admiral Mike Mullen said ASW is a combined effort that will take technologies in the air, on the water and under the water. The Navy's Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Master Plan is also going to be a significant document for the service as it examines the investment strategy and future UAV needs, according to Mullen.
PROTOTYPES, MILITARY supplies, ARMY equipment, MILITARY weapons, and DEFENSE industries
The article reports on the predictions made by the U.S. Marine Corps' top equipment buyer that a nascent Pentagon policy requiring multiple, competitive prototypes in the early stages of large weapon-system programs will yield more cost and technological stability in the future. Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics John Young had said that for big-ticket programs the services must have two or more competing teams producing prototypes of "key system elements."