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1. (WO2017149114) AUTOMATED PROGRESSIVE AMMUNITION, IN PARTICULAR CARTRIDGE, ASSEMBLY APPARATUS AND METHOD WITH FEEDBACK ASSEMBLY CONTROL

Pub. No.:    WO/2017/149114    International Application No.:    PCT/EP2017/054999
Publication Date: Sat Sep 09 01:59:59 CEST 2017 International Filing Date: Sat Mar 04 00:59:59 CET 2017
IPC: F42B 33/02
Applicants: FRITZ WERNER INDUSTRIE-AUSRÜSTUNGEN GMBH
Inventors: ABEL, Leonid
Title: AUTOMATED PROGRESSIVE AMMUNITION, IN PARTICULAR CARTRIDGE, ASSEMBLY APPARATUS AND METHOD WITH FEEDBACK ASSEMBLY CONTROL
Abstract:
The invention relates to an automated progressive ammunition, in particular cartridge, assembly apparatus (1) and method. The automated progressive ammunition assembly apparatus (1) according to the invention comprises a conveyor subsystem (4) and at least one assembly station (5). The at least one assembly station (5) comprises an actuator subsystem (8), a measurement subsystem (12) and a control subsystem (13). The conveyor subsystem (4) is adapted to transport the ammunition (2, 3) past the at least one assembly station (5) in an assembly direction (6) preferably along a rectilinear path. The actuator subsystem (8) is adapted to move a component (9), such as a powder or propellant (10) or a projectile (11), thereby adding the component to the ammunition. The component thus changes at least one physical parameter (P) of the ammunition. The measurement subsystem (12) is adapted to measure the at least one physical parameter and output a measurement signal (15), representative of the at least one physical parameter. In order to be able to meet very tight product specifications, and at the same time allow a quick change between the manufacture of different types of ammunition using the same apparatus (1), the subsystem (21) is adapted to control the actuator subsystem (8) depending on the measurement signal. The at least one assembly station (5) may, in particular, be a powder filling station (18) or a projectile insertion station (27) where powder (10) or a projectile (11) is added to the ammunition.