CTMA Connector February 2014: DoD Maintenance Update
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February 2014Welcome 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‚Äô 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. More
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 ‚ÄėCold Spray Structural Repair and Additive Manufacturing‚Äô. 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‚Äôs Partners Meeting theme is ‚ÄúFocused Technology Transition‚ÄĚ‚ÄĚ 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, email@example.com, (734) 995-7038.
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 ‚Äúcatch-22‚ÄĚ 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 ‚Äústove-pipes‚ÄĚ 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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¬ģ Coating Continues ‚Äď ESTCP Project of the Year for 2013
MDS Coating Technologies Corporation (MCT) is pleased to announce that its BlackGold¬ģ 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¬ģ 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¬ģ 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: ‚ÄúThe 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‚ÄĚ.
‚ÄúWe 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‚ÄĚ said Phil Rodger MCT President & COO.
Keep your high value equipment running at peak efficiency. With Spectro Inc.‚Äôs recently- enhanced Portable Oil Analysis Kit, you can measure viscosity, acidity, oxidation and water or coolant contamination ‚Äď all in just a few minutes. Find out what‚Äôs new with our Portable Oil Analysis Kit:
FluidScan¬ģ Q1000 Infrared Analyzer
‚ÄĘ New detector for 2x improvement in signal to noise ratio‚ÄĘ New library interface for enhanced repeatability, and reproducibility‚ÄĘ 20% increase in oil library (over 500 oils)‚ÄĘ ASTM D7889 compliance
SpectroVisc Q3000 Series Kinematic Viscometer
‚ÄĘ Improved split cell for greater accuracy, repeatability and reproducibility‚ÄĘ * Viscosity measurements comparable to values from ASTM D445 capillary viscometer
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‚Äď previous studies were performed in 2003, 2006 and 2009. More
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 Syst√®mes Americas Corp. in Waltham, MA on March 5th.
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