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A Salt Lake City firm, Eaton-Kenway, has been awarded a $4 million contract by the Defense Department to study ways to improve storage and transportation of Army equipment, including possibly using more robotics.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, who announced the contract, said the company is the nation's leading designer of such mass movement and storage systems."The company specializes in developing the software for the sophisticated computer-based management systems that serve as the `brain' for automated materials handling equipment," Hatch said.

"The system uses robotized vehicles, preprogrammed storage and retrieval locations and coded parts that facilitate the management of millions of items stored at Army depots."

Hatch said the company will study ways to improve systems at Army depots in California, Texas and Pennsylvania that send equipment to the Far East, Europe and South America. Eaton-Kenway may bid later to provide any improvements that it suggests in its study.