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M7 Armor Tile in a Nonstandard Plywood Box United Nations (UN) Performance Oriented Packaging (POP) and MIL-STD-1660 Tests.
ARMY DEFENSE AMMUNITION CENTER AND SCHOOL SAVANNA IL
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The U.S. Army Defense Ammunition Center DAC, Validation Engineering Division SIOAC-DEV, was tasked by the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center ARDEC to conduct United Nations UN Performance Oriented Packaging POP tests on a nonstandard plywood box for shipment of M7 armor tile. Test results indicated that the nonstandard plywood box did not meet the UN POP test requirements. After these initial findings, the project focus was changed from UN POP testing a single container to MW-STD-1660, Design Criteria for Ammunition Unit Loads, testing a palletized load of containers. MIL-STD-1660 testing was performed on three procedures for palletizing the M7 armor tile. The three palletization procedures tested satisfied MIL-STD-1660 test requirements. The plywood pallet box and unitization procedure for 12 boxes on a 40- by 48-inch pallet should be considered over the unitization procedure for 10 boxes on a 35- by 45-12-inch pallet due to the minor bending of the latching mechanism that occurs during unitization.
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