Automated Maximum Density Analysis Tool for Spot Factor Generation
Navy SBIR FY2008.2

Sol No.: Navy SBIR FY2008.2
Topic No.: N08-125
Topic Title: Automated Maximum Density Analysis Tool for Spot Factor Generation
Proposal No.: N082-125-0428
Firm: Templeman Automation, LLC
29 Miller Street
Somerville, Massachusetts 02143-3520
Contact: Christopher Templeman
Phone: (617) 996-9054
Web Site:
Abstract: Setting and evaluating spot factor requirements are key steps in the delivery of ship-compatible aircraft to the Navy. However, the current process of generating spot factor results is labor intensive. Templeman Automation LLC (TALLC), in cooperation with Magestic Systems Incorporated (MSI), proposes an automated solution to spot factor and maximum density calculations optimizing the effectiveness of the algorithms employed to identify globally optimum packing solutions and the responsiveness of the system to imposed geometry constraints. MSI's has over 30 years of experience developing packing and nesting software, with products and services that are used in the United States and throughout the world. TALLC's staff brings over a decade of experience in Navy system design, shipboard graphical interfaces, Mil-Spec manual development, and Navy computer-based training materials. With the proposed software tool, "TruPlanePack", nesting can be done both dynamically and in batch mode. All software capabilities will be accessed and controlled using an intuitive Windows GUI for maximum efficiency and usability. Input and output of aircraft packing data will be made available in numerous formats including AutoCad 2006, as well as TALLC's 3-D flightdeck visualization and simulation environment for realistic imaging of the resultant aircraft spotting.
Benefits: The proposed technology, when implemented, will allow a significant enhancement in automated spot factor calculation and visualization software. In addition to this important application to the U.S. Department of Defense, civilian markets such as spot factor determination for airframe manufacturers and improved industrial nesting and packing software may develop as a significant market for the resultant technologies. In applications that require automatic, optimized, and user-friendly spot factor calculation and visualization, TruPlanePack spot factor analysis software technology can find a niche market.