Northrop Grum­man of­fers free mo­bile app for de­fence lo­gis­ti­cians


Amo­bile app devel­oped by Northrop Grum­man Cor­po­ra­tion that quickly cal­cu­lates trans­porta­tion re­quire­ments for large quan­ti­ties of op­er­a­tional ra­tions is avail­able for free through the Ap­ple App Store. The con­tainer cal­cu­la­tor, or CCALC-I, helps de­fence lo­gis­ti­cians, sup­ply chain plan­ners and oth­ers de­ter­mine the num­ber of pal­lets, con­tain­ers and trans­ports needed to move a user-de­fined amount of pro­vi­sions.

The mo­bile app em­ploys a small data­base that quickly cal­cu­lates the to­tal weight and de­ter­mines the num­ber of pal­lets, air pal­lets, and 20-and 40-foot con­tain­ers, called trans­porta­tion equiv­a­lent units (TEUs), needed to move the user-de­fined re­quire­ment. The app’s home screen al­lows the user to se­lect from 19 dif­fer­ent ra­tion types – in­clud­ing meals, ready to eat (MREs), hu­man­i­tar­ian daily ra­tions (HDRs) or bot­tled water – and en­ter the quan­tity of cases re­quired. The app then cal­cu­lates the weight and TEUs, and pro­vides the dif­fer­ent op­tions in quan­ti­ties of pal­lets, con­tain­ers, air­frames, he­li­copters and ground ve­hi­cles needed to move the re­quired ra­tions. The out­put can be e-mailed in a text file.

Ham­mond said the app’s mo­bil­ity frees users from ties to a desk­top or lap­top com­puter and any need for De­part­ment of De­fense (DOD) net­work con­nec­tiv­ity. The task it ad­dresses en­ables lo­gis­ti­cians and plan­ners to be more ef­fi­cient, which ben­e­fits the DOD sup­ply chain.

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