Honeywell and US Army team-up for Rock Island Arsenal improvement project

22 January 2014 (Last Updated January 22nd, 2014 18:30)

Honeywell has partnered with the US Army to carrry out a $61m infrastructure modernisation project at the Rock Island Arsenal Joint Manufacturing Technology Center (RIA-JMTC), located in Illinois, US.

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Honeywell has partnered with the US Army to carrry out a $61m infrastructure modernisation project at the Rock Island Arsenal Joint Manufacturing Technology Center (RIA-JMTC), located in Illinois, US.

The project aims to support critical infrastructure improvements at the facility, which will eventually reduce energy consumption by approximately 35%, simultaneously generating up to $5.3m in annual energy and operational savings.

RIA-JMTC commander colonel David Luders said: "This project lets us tackle our ageing infrastructure head on, a difficult task in light of budget cutbacks, so we can operate as efficiently as possible and support mission readiness."

Honeywell Building Solutions president Paul Orzeske said: ''JMTC is a cornerstone of the community, and its aggressive approach to energy management will help ensure its legacy of service and support to the military and country."

"JMTC is a cornerstone of the community, and its aggressive approach to energy management will help ensure its legacy of service and support to the military and country."

As part of the project, the company will implement a variety of facility improvements, such as installation of high-efficiency heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, including on-premise natural-gas heating, which will enable the facility to disconnect from the Garrison's central coal-fired steam plant.

In addition, the company will supply new plating and paint systems for the centre, as 90% of the parts manufactured at the facility go through plating and paint, receiving the surface coatings required for production of hardened, durable components for army equipment.

The project is expected to save nearly 5.5 million kilowatt-hours of electricity annually, as well as reducing the Garrison's eco-footprint by cutting an estimated 63 million pounds of carbon dioxide each year.

Work on the project is scheduled to commence this month for completion by the first half of 2017.

Engaged in production of a broad spectrum of metal parts and systems for the US Department of Defense (DoD), the 1.5mft2 JMTC accounts for two-thirds of the Rock Island Arsenal Garrison overall energy consumption.


Image: Department of the Army Inspector General lieutenant general Peter Vangjel gets an up close look at the new Friction Stir Welding machine at RIA-JMTC, at Rock Island Arsenal in Illinois, US. Photo: courtesy of Rhys Fullerlove (AMC).

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