The issue of how to develop a reliable, cost-effective solution for trouble-shooting electrical systems continues to plague the aircraft industry. A good portion of aircraft maintenance costs are attributed to finding anomalies associated with complex electrical systems. Human error also enters into the equation, particularly if and when traditional hand-held meters are used to isolate an electrical system issue. It could take hours to find and isolate a defective component, wire, or wire connector. This is very evident in remote maintenance and sustainment locations. While there is sophisticated ATE (Automatic Test Equipment) available to help isolate an anomaly, their high costs (hardware and software), size, weight, portability, and ergonomic issue with handling heavy cabling sometimes make them less than desirable, particularly on the flight line or in remote locations.
A new portable electrical tester called AMUET (Advanced Mobile Universal Electrical Tooling) has shown high promise to be an effective tool to isolate electrical anomalies in a demonstration mode in earlier phases of the project at a depot level for C130 and C5 aircraft. The objective of AMUET Phase III is to demonstrate AMUET’s capabilities over an extended period (12-18 months) at a remote maintenance and sustainment center. The Air Force Base participating in this project is anxious to test AMUET (or a comparative electrical tester) due to the many electrical problems that need quick resolution in active aircraft where turnaround time is of the essence.
If you are interested in learning more about this project please complete the following form by June 30th, 2017. We encourage participation of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs), including Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) and Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs).