By Tony Lopez (JMC)June 21, 2019
SCRANTON, Pa., - The Scranton Army Ammunition Plant manufactures and ships large-caliber ammunition metal parts to be loaded, assembled and packed at partner ammo facilities across the United States and Canada. The metal parts produced at SCAAP range in size from 105mm to 155mm projectiles.
All projectiles manufactured at SCAAP go through a rigorous inspection process during each stage of production. Raw-material billets are initially forged into metal tubes. The tubes are produced at the forging process and are hot-inspected at temperatures near 1,700 degrees to ensure proper internal and external dimensions. From forge, the metal tubes are cooled on an underground conveyor system where they remain for four hours to cool to room temperature, and then cold inspected to verify their internal and external dimensions remained consistent. Once completely cooled, the tubes go through a series of machining operations, which begins their transformation from a tube to a projectile where the nose is pressed onto the tube. The projectiles will then be heat treated, final machined to exact dimensions, painted and shipped to facilities within the Army's Organic Industrial Base for further processing.
"SCAAP has continued to modernize and improve its facilities and infrastructure to support expanded production capabilities, such as, the 155mm production line enhancement project which is designed to increase manufacturing capacity from 12,000 to 15,000 rounds per month," said Rich Hansen, SCAAP commander's representative. "This initiative ensures SCAAP can sustain the battle rhythm of the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant LAP facility."
Additional modernization efforts recently completed provide increased production at the billet saw cell, which increased capacity while reducing the number of operators required.
The Erie I Forge Press Quick Die Change project reduces change over time from one product to another from 18-24 manhours to two to four manhours. This enables a more efficient and seamless transition from one projectile to another with minimal interruption.
"SCAAP works closely with its customers and LAP counterparts to ensure every projectile shipped from the plant meets the requirements from full-form thread length on the nose threads to projectile dimensions measured in thousandths of an inch," added Hansen. The IAAAP receives more than 12,000 155mm projectiles every month for load, assemble and pack operations. These projectiles are stored or directly shipped to the Warfighter depending on urgency of need.
SCAAP also manufactures and ships projectiles to the Crane Army Ammunition Activity which LAPs the five inch 54-caliber Navy gun round, and one commercial partner, General Dynamics Canada, which LAPs the 120mm family of mortar projectiles.
SCAAP provides the Joint Services with research and development capability for emerging projectile requirements through the Department of Defense Ordnance Technology Consortium, which brings together the Joint Program Executive Officer Armaments and Ammunition; the Armament Research, Development, and Engineering Center; and the Army Rapid Capabilities Office; to improve long-range precision fires.
The Joint Munitions Command; JPEO A&A; and General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, Scranton Operations; work collaboratively to ensure SCAAP remains capable of sustaining the Joint Warfighter through industry-leading manufacturing capability. SCAAP's efforts fully supports the JMC Commanding General's vision to provide Lethality that Wins.
Scranton is one of the organic industrial base installations managed by the Joint Munitions Command, headquartered at the Rock Island Arsenal in Rock Island, Illinois. JMC produces small-, medium- and large-caliber ammunition items for the Department of Defense. JMC provides the Joint Force with ready, reliable and lethal munitions at the speed of war sustaining global readiness.