Date: Saturday, May 1st, 2004
9:00 am 10:00 am Registration and continental breakfast
10:00 am - 10:45 am: Automated Task Management Systems Background
11:00 am - 12:00 am: Simulation and Demonstration
12:00 am - 12:30 am: Questions and Answers
Location: Dolan Center for Science & Technology
John Carroll University
20700 North Park Blvd.
University Heights, OH 44118
On May 1st, Orbital Research Inc. will demonstrate an innovative swarm-based control strategy for an automated task management system in fulfillment of a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research program sponsored by NAVSEA. The goal of this program is to optimize the material transport process throughout an aircraft carrier by complementing and enabling existing and future material handling systems given shipboard constraints. To accomplish this goal, Orbital Research has devised an automated task management system which provides total asset visibility via integration of control and tracking software with existing material handling systems as well as potential new commercial automated storage and retrieval systems. The control strategy will monitor material transport, and effectively allocate the appropriate resources to move material throughout the ship. The control strategy is adaptive and will dynamically reallocate tasks and routes to expeditiously store materials while mitigating congestion throughout a ship.
The automated task management system for material throughput optimization is designed to reduce manning required for material handling, minimize total ownership costs and improve crewmember quality of life while significantly reducing the time required for underway replenishment. The final system will be affordable, robust and survivable while facilitating shipboard constraints and material and manning logistics during the underway replenishment process. Orbitals technology is a dynamic and adaptable control system that can be applied not only to material handling applications but also to many other operations in the movement of materials, weapons and cargo aboard navy ships.
The automated task management system will be
demonstrated at John Carroll University in Cleveland Ohio (35 minutes
from Cleveland Hopkins Airport). The efficacy of the material handling
process will be demonstrated through the use of volunteers and a COTS
material handling system interfacing in-the-loop with Orbitals
automated task management system.
Please RSVP with the following information, if you are planning to attend this hardware demonstration:
1) Names of people attending
fax: 216-649-0347, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 216-649-0399 by Thursday April 29, if you have any questions or require additional information. Thank you for your interest in Orbital Research.
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