The new systems bring dramatic changes to the production of ammunition cases. Currently used equipment at Lake City has been in service for seven decades. In general, ammunition case manufacturing has changed little since World War II, utilizing many manual processes to produce and inspect the brass cases. The Setpoint case manufacturing systems utilize lean automation philosophies designed into the automated manufacturing equipment to improve quality and consistency, and enhance the reliability of the overall manufacturing process.
This is a new way of looking at case manufacturing, said Clark Carlile, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Setpoint Systems. With these systems, every case is automatically inspected through critical in-process checks that the old system can't do. This translates into the best ammunition for our troops who are out there in harm's way.
The .50-caliber Browning Machine Gun (BMG) cartridge has been a staple of military arsenals since World War II. It was conceived by legendary firearms designer John Browning, who was born and completed most of his groundbreaking work in Setpoint's hometown of Ogden, Utah. The connection is not lost on the Setpoint team. This is a unique opportunity to follow our town's firearm legend, make advancements to the process of manufacturing his invention and help facilitate its use in modern weapon systems. We're honored to be a part of the effort, said Carlile.
Setpoint has also been a supplier of solutions for other areas of the Army's modernization at Lake City. Previous contracts with ATK provided eight 7.62mm case manufacturing and annealing systems, five .50-caliber primer handling systems and five .50-caliber cartridge waterproofing systems.
ATK's Armament Systems group is the world's largest manufacturer of military ammunition. ATK Small Caliber Systems operates the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant, which produces more than 1.4 billion cartridges annually.
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Setpoint provides lean automation engineering services specializing in the design, build, and programming of complete custom automated solutions. Setpoint has more than 18 years of experience designing and building lean automated manufacturing systems for a wide range of companies and industries.