Survey of Techniques and Equipment for High-Volume, Automatic Production of Non-Electric Detonators
Final rept. 5 Jul 1972-5 Jan 1973
GULF AND WESTERN ADVANCED DEVELOPMENT AND ENGINEERING CENTER SWARTHMORE PA
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As part of the overall program to modernize the government owned, company operated army ammunition loading and assembly plants, it is planned to develop fully automatic equipment to manufacture non-electric detonators at the rate of 1200 per minute. This survey of literature sources and industry was undertaken to discover techniques and equipment that may be applicable. Current production rate in the loading plants using semi-automatic equipment is about 32 per minute with one system used at Lake City AAP capable of about 300 per minute. Methodology and equipment is available to achieve the 1200 per minute rate after some development work in the areas of conditioning raw explosives, accurate metering of explosive charges, safe consolidation rates, automatic inspection for flaws in cups, automatic functioning tests on-line, barricades to protect equipment and personnel and to avoid propagation of an explosion, and remotely controlled trouble shooting devices.
- Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering and Control of Production Systems
- Ammunition and Explosives