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Novel Production Engineering Techniques Used On The AN/GVS-5 Hand-Held Laser Rangefinder
Author(s): Frank P. McGurk; Robert A. Asmussen
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Paper Abstract

The AN/GVS-5 Hand Held Laser Rangefinder was designed by RCA for the U.S. Army Electronics Command. The development contract required that it be designed for high-rate production with Design to Unit Production Cost (DTUPC) and Producibility Engineering and Planning (PEP) invoked throughout the design phase. The stringent performance and environmental specifications, a five pound weight limit, human engineering, safety, reliability and maintainability constraints, combined with the low design to cost goal posed some challenging production engineering problems. This paper describes how these problems were defined and solved, starting with the pro-posal, through the design and development phase, to implementation of production. Specific examples are given of how production process, tooling and test requirements were developed and woven into the product design during development. Emphasis is placed on novel approaches to the manufacture of the optics, laser transmitter, and electronic circuitry. Highlights of the methods used to conduct the DTUPC/PEP program, and lessons learned, are also given.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 October 1977
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0122, Advances in Laser Engineering I, (20 October 1977); doi: 10.1117/12.955797
Show Author Affiliations
Frank P. McGurk, RCA/Automated Systems (United States)
Robert A. Asmussen, RCA/Automated Systems (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0122:
Advances in Laser Engineering I
Malcolm L. Stitch; Eric J. Woodbury, Editor(s)

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