CTMA Connector February 2014: DoD Maintenance Update
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Welcome to The CTMA Connector, a monthly newsletter designed to provide news and ideas about the Commercial Technologies for Maintenance Activities (CTMA) program. The CTMA program is a joint Department of Defense/National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (DoD/NCMS) effort promoting collaborative technology development between industry and the DoD maintenance and repair facilities. Feel free to submit items for the newsletter as well as any suggestions to make it more useful.
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Virtual Event- Advanced Wiring and LRU/WRA Circuit Path Inspection Capabilities Forum
The Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Maintenance Policy and Programs (ODASD(MPP)) and NCMS, in partnership with the Joint Technology Exchange Group (JTEG), is hosting a virtual Advanced Wiring and LRU/WRA Testing and Diagnostics Capabilities Forum to share the experiences, challenges, successes, and benefits of DoD efforts in advanced wiring and electronics diagnostics capabilities.
This forum will examine the military Services’ needs for wiring and LRU/WRA circuit path testing and the variety of approaches and technologies they are pursuing to meet their requirements. The technologies will include automated test equipment that aids wiring and circuit path diagnostics of electrical and electronic devices.
JTEG and Cold Spray
Action Team and Announce New Partnership
The Joint Technology Exchange Group
(JTEG) and the Cold
Spray Action Team (CSAT) have entered into a new Partnership agreement that
enhance the effectiveness of both organizations from now on. The JTEG is working
with CSAT to form an Integrated Product Team (WIPT) to improve cold spray repair
coordination involving the introduction of new or improved technology, new
processes, or new equipment into DoD depot maintenance activities. The Cold
Spray Repair WIPT will work with CSAT to seek ways to better leverage technology
and process improvements in cold spray repair through collaboration to support
the higher DoD goals of improving effectiveness and efficiency that will have
widespread applicability across all sectors of industry. During the meeting, the
CSAT-JTEG WIPT will facilitate a working session to collaboratively form working
teams to execute and deliver the cold spray transition enablers identified in
the WIPT charter.
The CSAT 2014 Meeting has been scheduled for
June 18-19, 2014 and will take place at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI),
Worcester, MA. We are planning to maintain a well rounded agenda whose emphasis
will be ‘Cold Spray Structural Repair and Additive Manufacturing’. More
Save the Date- NCMS 2014 CTMA Partners
Meeting May 20-22
The 15th CTMA Annual Partners Meeting (formerly referred to as Annual
Symposium) is a combination virtual and networking event. Due to increased
interest this event has been expanded to three full days this year.
This year’s Partners Meeting theme is “Focused Technology Transition”” and
participants will discuss methods for successfully implementing technology at
maintenance facilities and to identify other technology initiatives that impact
weapon system readiness.
For more information please contact Debbie Lilu, firstname.lastname@example.org,
U.S. Marine Corps Condition-Based
Maintenance (CBM+) Enterprise Implementation Initiative
As with all transformational initiatives, policy and guidance are not enough to
affect the needed sweeping changes to achieve critical mass for CBM+
implementation. Budget constraints will impact not only the ability to operate
and maintain equipment across the DoD, but also to invest in process and system
improvements designed to mitigate the impact of the resource constraints. This
“catch-22” situation results in individual weapon systems programs taking the
initiative to develop CBM+ solutions, which ultimately result in multiple,
non-integrated solutions which use multiple proprietary technologies. This
dissuades program resources to fill enterprise gaps, disallows most programs
access to CBM+ solutions, and delivers sub-optimal solutions in “stove-pipes”
and creates barriers which impede most legacy platforms from access to
best-in-class commercial practices and technologies.
This CTMA initiative will consist of a CBM+ Capabilities Based Assessment (CBA)
of capabilities and processes as well as a Business Case Analysis.
NCMS members interested in participating in this project should contact Debbie
Lilu, (734) 995-7038, email@example.com
Submit Your Project
Ideas to JTEG
The purpose of the Joint
Technology Exchange Group (JTEG) is to improve coordination in the
introduction of new or improved technology, new processes, or new
equipment into Department of Defense Depot Maintenance Activities. JTEG
seeks ways to better leverage technology improvements in depot
maintenance through collaboration to support the higher DoD goals of
improving effectiveness and efficiency.
Please submit your technology ideas and projects as well as your technology
needs for evaluation:
JTEG Project Ideas
Praise for BlackGold® Coating
Continues – ESTCP Project of the Year for 2013
MDS Coating Technologies Corporation (MCT) is pleased to announce that its
BlackGold® Coating Project with the US Government was selected as ESTCP Project
of the Year for 2013. This new Award is on the heels of the BlackGold® Coating
receiving the R&D 100 Award, as one of the 100 most technologically significant
products introduced into the commercial marketplace within the past year,
following a nomination by the U.S. Department of Energy.
The BlackGold® Coating Project was selected out of over 100 ESTCP projects
because of its tremendous test results and corresponding impact on fuel
efficiency and emissions. The report* stated: “The study found that the coating
can improve fuel efficiency by as much as 5 percent, which could result in
substantial savings in fuel costs, as well as reducing carbon emissions. The
study also demonstrated these innovative coatings can extend the life of the
airfoils, leading to further cost savings by reducing repairs and extending the
life of the aircraft and tank engines”.
“We are extremely excited about the industry recognition we have recently
received, this has heightened the awareness and demand for our game changing
technology for commercial, industrial and military markets, from OEMs to
operators” said Phil Rodger MCT President & COO.
Keep your high value equipment running at peak efficiency. With Spectro
Inc.’s recently- enhanced Portable Oil Analysis Kit, you can measure viscosity,
acidity, oxidation and water or coolant contamination – all in just a few
minutes. Find out what’s new with our Portable Oil Analysis Kit:
FluidScan® Q1000 Infrared Analyzer
• New detector for 2x improvement in signal to noise ratio• New library interface for enhanced repeatability, and reproducibility• 20% increase in oil library (over 500 oils)• ASTM D7889 compliance
SpectroVisc Q3000 Series Kinematic Viscometer
• Improved split cell for greater accuracy, repeatability and
reproducibility• * Viscosity measurements comparable to values from ASTM D445 capillary
NCMS has partnered with the National
Science Foundation under the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) to
launch its latest study of commercialization trends in nanotechnology
and nanofabrication– previous studies were performed in 2003, 2006 and
Digital Manufacturing SIG Meeting-
March 5, 2014
NCMS and its collaborative partners have identified digital manufacturing as
one of the key innovations that will drive North American manufacturing
competitiveness in the 21st Century. . Digital manufacturing is the dramatically
intensified application of manufacturing intelligence using advanced data
analytics and modeling & simulation (M&S) to produce a fundamental
transformation in how we make things.
NCMS members are invited to attend the next NCMS Digital Manufacturing
Strategic Interest Group (DM SIG) meeting held at Dassault Systèmes Americas
Corp. in Waltham, MA on March 5th.
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