Minnesota Wire: Fast, Flexible, and Adaptable Wiring Assembly Manufacturing

Member Spotlight: Minnesota Wire An array of industries—medical, defense, instrumentation, smart clothing, and telecommunications—require custom wiring solutions, and NCMS member Minnesota Wire supplies wire, cable, and interconnect assemblies to all of them. The company is a market and R&D leader in electrical signal integrity, low-noise cable, and radio-translucent wire, and its vertically integrated structure allows […]

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Engaging Tomorrow’s Maintenance Enterprise Challenges Today

NCMS attended the 2017 DoD Maintenance Symposium, a high-level annual event that brings together DoD decision-makers and industry players at the forefront of maintenance technologies. This is a major venue for all parties including NCMS’ CTMA program because it is a vital bridge between commercial technology providers, the government, and military stakeholders who need their […]

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Advocates for New Technology Solutions—JTEG

Officially chartered in May 2012 by the Joint Group on Depot Maintenance, the purpose of the Joint Technology Exchange Group (JTEG) is to foster a community of maintainers interested in sustainment technology and better coordinate the introduction of new or improved technologies, processes, or equipment that promise substantial benefit to the DoD maintenance enterprise. Composed […]

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Composites Technical Interchange Meeting & Working Groups

In its second year presented by NCMS, the 2017 DoD Advanced Composite Maintainers Technical Interchange Meeting (Composites TIM) was better than ever. The event, hosted by the U.S. Army and conducted at The Landing at Hill Air Force Base, received a lot of praise from both the industry and DoD leaders in attendance. The positive […]

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Voice Inspection Helps Maintainers Keep on Task

When an inspection takes place on the enormous C-5 Galaxy transport aircraft, the maintenance technician may need to manually log over a thousand narratives and checklists into the data system. This can result in inadvertent errors. What the technicians dreamed about was the ability to speak into a device that would translate their voice in […]

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Last Year’s Competition Winner— Thermal Wave Imaging

Conventional non-destructive inspection (NDI) methodologies used on composite aircraft, such as visual inspections, coin-tap inspections, and A-scan ultrasonic inspection, face a number of limitations in their ability to rapidly inspect large-scale composite parts while maintaining adequate diagnostics required for composite inspection. These limitations include the size of the inspected area (typically a point source) and […]

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Fulfilling DoD Needs in an Exciting New Format

Hopefuls have ten minutes to present their ideas and five minutes for questions from the judges. The objective is to sell the judges on their great technology and the potential for a large reward for the winner. Is this the popular show Shark Tank? Well…yes and no. There is a dire need for technology innovations […]

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Newly Funded Projects— CTMA’s Record Year in 2017

As part of CTMA’s mission of streamlining technology transfer and enhancing materiel readiness, all maintenance and sustainment efforts are categorized under Focus Areas. These areas have been targeted to work in lockstep with the DoD’s efforts to drive down costs while adopting new technologies. NCMS is excited to be collaborating with the DoD, its industry […]

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Industry Perspective

Defense readiness has never been more important to our country as we chart a course in an uncertain world. For more than 20 years, NCMS and OSD have collaborated to make the CTMA Program into one of the largest and most effective cross-industry collaborative manufacturing research programs in the country to meet this challenge. This […]

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OSD Perspective

I am truly pleased to be DoD’s Program Officer of the Commercial Technologies for Maintenance Activities (CTMA) Program as we celebrate its 20th year of transforming maintenance and sustainment. 2017 was the best year on record for the Program, with investment from across DoD near $50 million, industry cost-share of $8.2 million, and 50 new […]

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