Manufacturability of Heat and Serve Ration in Institutional Pouch System Analysis
Final rept. May 2005-Sep 2006
RUTGERS - THE STATE UNIV NEW BRUNSWICK NJ CENTER FOR ADVANCED FOOD TECHNOLOGY
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The recent conflict in Iraq has shown that the surge capability of the HS ration is limited and that either additional packaging equipment for the polymeric tray is required or that supplemental packaging systems need to be approved for use in the HS ration during surge. Supplemental production capacity to the current poly tray industrial base capacity is an urgent program and of great importance to the Military Services, especially since polymeric tray production capacity seems to be shrinking. For this reason, the Institutional Pouch has created interest. This report analyses the Unitized Group Rations and Surge Requirements for both the polymeric tray as well as the 10 can, and reviews the major pieces of equipment necessary to produce the items in a Institutional Pouch. A cost benefit analysis was performed using a methodology that evaluates difficult to quantify criteria and determined that there are significant benefits to the use of the ISP by the soldier and justifies the higher acquisition cost of this ration in ISP over a 10 can.
- Food, Food Service and Nutrition
- Containers and Packaging
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies