Thursday, June 14, 2007

Naval Packaging, Handling, Storage, and Transportation (PHST) Center, honored for technical achievements

U.S. Navy photos by Glenn Cannizzaro

L to r. The TMDE Team, Rich DeVenero, Joe Teti and Donna Morse receive an award from Ken Zimms in recognition of their efforts to Standardize TMDE Equipment.
Recently, Indian Head Division’s Packaging, Handling, Storage and Transportation (PHST) Center in Earle, NJ received high honors for two separate and distinct efforts – one for the Unitary Latch Design and the other for efforts on the Naval Sea Systems Command’s (NAVSEA) Test, Measurement and Diagnostic Equipment (TMDE) Team.

Jim Raevis, Supervisor Engineer and Chuck Domino, Design Technician at PHST Center recently accepted an award from Ken Zimms, PHST Department Head in recognition of their award-winning Unitary Latch Design that was awarded First Place in Category 3 (Material Handling Device) of the 2007 National Institute of Packaging, Handling & Logistic Engineers' (NIPHLE) design competition.

This annual competition is open to Industry as well as Government. ‘‘Because of the mix of competition – to include both private and federal entities, I always use this as a benchmark for the organization,” said Zimms.

In addition to the first place showing for a material handling device, this design was also awarded 'Best of Show' as the top entry of all three competition categories. As a result, the Naval PHST Center will receive for an unprecedented fourth time, the Lapidus Trophy. ‘‘The Lapidus Trophy is the Stanley Cup of the Packaging world,” said Zimms, ‘‘It stands about two feet tall and stays with the winning organization for a year.” Each winner has their name engraved on the Trophy. For PHST, this will be the fourth time in nine years this award has been given, that their name appears. The presentation of the ‘‘Best of Show” Trophy was made by Col. Lapidus himself at the Annual Awards Banquet on May 16, 2007.

Jim Raevis (l) and Chuck Domino accept an award from Ken Zimms in recognition of their NIPHLE Award winning unitary latch design.
The award winning Unitary Latch is for the pallet Vertical Replenishment (VERTREP) slings, over thousands of which can be found on any ship. The old latch was hard and expensive to manufacture, and also had safety concerns as it could open if it was hit from the side (the Fleet has to use electrical ties on the latch every time it is used, not a popular thing). A patent is pending on this new device. In the meantime, PHST has been working with the Naval Inventory Control Point (NAVICP) to start fielding slings with the new latch.

In a separate effort, PHST’s Test, Measurement and Diagnostic Equipment (TMDE) Team comprised of Rich DeVenero, Joe Teti and Donna Morse-Eaves received recognition from Zimms for their participation on NAVSEA’s award winning TMDE Program Team and their efforts to standardize TMDE equipment

The NAVSEA Test, Measurement, and Diagnostic Equipment (TMDE) Program Team, was recently named one of six winners of the Department of Defense’s (DoD) 2006 Defense Standardization Program (DSP) Achievement Awards. The NAVSEA TMDE team was the sole Department of the Navy winner alongside three teams from Department of the Army and two from Department of the Air Force.

The NAVSEA TMDE program office is responsible for comprehensive cradle-to-grave life-cycle support of TMDE, encompassing acquisition, outfitting, and retirement of General Purpose Electronic and Electrical Test Equipment (GPETE) and Calibration Standards (CALSTDS). Using standardization, an overall strategic direction of the program has been to reduce life-cycle costs of TMDE, starting with acquisition. The TMDE models for digital multimeters and oscilloscopes have been reduced from 32 down to four common units, resulting in significant savings or cost avoidance.

Congratulations to IHDIV’s PHST Center and their employees for their award-winning efforts!