September 20, 2016

AFCAT Team Contributes to Breakout Project Savings

Aviation Forging & Casting Assistance Team contributes to DoD Value Engineering Award Project

Summerville, S.C. – During a ceremony at the Pentagon on June 28, Mr. Frank DiPofi, Aviation Forging & Casting Assistance Team (AFCAT) Program Manager, accepted the Department of Defense Value Engineering Award. The Aviation Engineering Breakout Project won in the Program/Project category and resulted in cost savings of just under $16 million. The direct cost savings contributed by AFCAT was $1.4 million for Fiscal Year 2015. These cost savings are a result of data processes and tools implemented in order to locate the tooling required to produce castings and forgings and proactively review relevant solicitations to resolve backorders. These outstanding contributions promote DLA’s mission to support our nation’s warfighters.

Recipients of the Value Engineering Awards are selected by Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics and is acknowledgment of outstanding achievements. The nomination and award program encourages projects to improve in-house and contractor productivity. Award winners from each DoD component are selected from one of the following five categories: program/project, individual, team, organization, and contractor.

This award marks the third occasion AFCAT has received acknowledgement of outstanding achievements via the DoD Value Engineering Awards.

About Aviation Forging & Casting Assistance Team (AFCAT)

AFCAT is a team of engineers embedded in DoD Supply Centers to improve processes and ensure that critically needed metal components are delivered to U.S. warfighters as quickly as possible. The engineers are drawn from DLA’s Forging Defense Manufacturing Consortium (FDMC) and the American Metalcasting Consortium (AMC). Both programs are managed by Advanced Technology International (ATI)

About ATI

ATI lessens the burden of government by coordinating and executing our nation’s most innovative research initiatives. We lead diverse industry and academic organizations that develop technology solutions through a collaborative approach. Our current R&D portfolio includes shipbuilding and ship repair, advanced materials, medical technologies, electromagnetic spectrum technologies and rapid prototyping. ATI manages over 12 large, federally-funded consortia with a contract value of more than $16 billion and is headquartered in Summerville, SC.

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