Automated M55 Detonator Production Equipment. Volume 1
Final technical rept. 1972-1983
ARMY ARMAMENT RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT AND ENGINEERING CENTER PICATINNY ARSENAL NJ ARMAMENT ENGINEERING DIRECTORATE
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This report centers about improved methods of manufacture of one family of detonators i.e., the nonelectric variety where functioning is initiated by impact. More specially, it is directed toward modernized production of the M55 detonator. The M55 detonator can be produced on various pieces of equipment however, the most frequently used equipment is the Jones loader and the Iowa loader. These two pieces of equipment are each capable of producing the M55 detonator at a rate of approximately 35 to 40 detonators per minute. Early modernization objectives were to design and develop a single piece of equipment which would be capable of producing the M55 detonator at a rate of 800 to 1200 parts per minute and be economically effective under mobilization conditions. This report describes andor provides reference to publications relative to investigatory efforts into development of high rate 800 to 1200 parts per minute M55 detonator assembly equipment and to development efforts for a modular M55 detonator assembly system with an assembly rate of some 150 to 200 parts per minute. Keywords Manufacturing technology Multitool loader Detonator material handling Primers Leads Powder metering Ultrasonic welding Inspection Cleaning.
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