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Operations assessment of cold spray manufacturing enables USG locations to gain authorization for facility use
Cold spray operations with a robotic arm.
Obtaining approval for cold spray operations is a difficult effort, as there is currently no established approval process in place. Without a clear approval process, best practices, or other guidance, the safe and proper implementation of cold spray technology will be significantly delayed or may not happen at all. The absence of clear direction will result in the unsafe use of cold spray technology and create unnecessary risks to the environment, safety, and occupational health (ESOH). Additionally, it will result in missed opportunities to capitalize on the cost, readiness, and performance benefits that cold spray operations offer.
The objective of this project was to provide the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), all individual Services (Air Force, Army, Navy), and other United States Government (USG) locations with a method for facilities to gain authorization for the implementation of cold spray operations. Authorization included facility ESOH staff, onsite and local fire departments, environmental management agencies, and other authorities associated with approving industrial processes at Department of Defense (DoD) facilities.
The project approach included discussions with operations personnel, engineering authorities, and safety and facilities management personnel, as well as conducting on-site visits. The intent of the effort was to assess the safety, facility, and environmental factors associated with cold spray manufacturing operations. Examples of these factors included fire hazards, hazardous materials, facility structural requirements, utilities, and environmental safety issues, as well as measures taken to mitigate them. Assessments for the implementation of cold spray were conducted at multiple locations and prioritized through collaboration with the Government Technical Project Manager. The implementation criteria included consideration of various federal, state, and local regulations. The team documented lessons learned to initiate the development of best practices for USG locations to streamline the approval process for cold spray implementation.
The NCDMM and Telgian team conducted facility and equipment analyses as well as onsite visits and hazard assessments to identify compliance with local, state, and federal regulations and risks associated with implementing cold spray technology into operations at:
A draft Dust Hazard Analysis (DHA) report was developed for each location and was discussed with site staff for feedback. Once site staff agreed with the report, it was stamped by a Professional Engineer and delivered as final.
The DHA reports developed, and activities executed under this project provide confirmation for cold spray implementation or a path for cold spray implementation, including risk mitigation, for the four DoD locations listed above, which exceeds project Key Performance Parameter (KPP) objectives by 25%.
Identified best practices include: