The United States Mint recently published a synopsis to determine potential business sources which could provide a system to automate the encapsulation process for numismatic coins.
According to the synopsis, the US Mint facility at West Point currently encapsulates approximately 1.8 million coins annually. Following the striking operation, the numismatic coins are manually inserted into a plastic capsule, which is then placed into a display case.
The capsules consist of a top and bottom piece. The coin is placed in the bottom capsule and assembled on the bottom capsule tray. When full, the tray is automatically routed for use in a pick and place operation. Quality standards require that there should be no visible dust, marks, abrasions, or scratches on coins or capsules.
The specification included within the synopsis covers a turn-key, self-contained system to automate the encapsulation process. The system will be used to process gold, silver, and platinum numismatic coins exclusively. The encapsulation system must accommodate a minimum run rate, fit within a specified amount of space, and require no more than two employees to operate the equipment. The automated system must not interfere with the Mint’s ongoing production requirements.
The synopsis published by the Mint is not a request for proposal, but is being used as a market research tool to determine the availability and adequacy of potential business sources. The Mint intends to release a draft RFP within the next 120 days.