Oct 2, 2014 Press Releases
$8.3 Million Contract Will Focus on Forging Technology and Supply Chains
Charleston, SC – ATI today announced a new, cost shared contract with the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). The multi-year, $8.3 million contract, Procurement Readiness Optimization – Forging Advanced Systems (PRO-FAST) will focus on advanced technologies for forging supply chains. This program supports nearly every major U.S. weapons system with structural parts.
The program will investigate, develop and deploy a variety of technologies aimed at reducing lead time and managing costs. The goals are to improve the quality of forgings critical to the nation’s defense and enable the United States to maintain their competitiveness in international markets. ATI is implementing this program in concert with the Forging Industry Association (FIA) located in Cleveland, Ohio under the collaborative name FDMC.
The PRO-FAST Program is aiming at new technologies including advanced heat treating and quenching technologies, advanced tooling materials and processes, advanced tooling repair technologies, advanced, lightweight metal matrix alloys and continued improvements in forging supply chains.
“The Defense Logistics Agency Research and Development Program, supported by Headquarters DLA at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, continues to demonstrate its commitment to modernizing the forging industry through strategic investments cost-shared by industry,” said ATI Senior Program Manager and FDMC Executive Director Jon Tirpak. “We look forward to working on this crucial program that helps our men and women in uniform have the best forgings, enabling them to successfully carry out their missions.”
ATI (Advanced Technology Institute) builds and manages research collaborations that develop technology solutions to complex challenges. ATI leads diverse industries and organizations to develop technology solutions, typically for the Department of Defense and other federal clients. Our collaborative approach can be used to develop solutions for any industry or discipline. Our current R&D portfolio includes shipbuilding and ship repair, advanced materials, medical technologies, electromagnetic spectrum technologies and rapid DoD prototyping. Where it is a client goal, ATI ensures wide-spread industry adoption and application of new technologies. ATI manages over twelve large, federally-funded consortia with a contract value of more than $16 billion.