Thermal Wave Imaging, Honeywell, Show Potential of CTMA Technology Competition Wins

NCMS is currently accepting submissions for the 2018 CTMA Technology Competition, and submissions will be accepted until April 6. Participants can download and submit an abstract and quad chart here. Finalists’ presentations for the CTMA Technology Competition will take place at the CTMA/DLA Partners Meeting, May 7-9, 2018 in Richmond, VA; register now to attend.

From Presentations to DoD Partnerships: The CTMA Technology Competition Winners

NCMS’ CTMA Technology Competition has been a highlight of the annual Partners Meeting for the past two years, giving attendees a glimpse of some of the most promising maintenance-related innovations under development. The competition is an excellent opportunity for participants to gain exposure for their technologies in front of an interested audience of military decision-makers and the defense maintenance community. Past winners have gone on to partner with the Armed Forces, putting their cutting-edge equipment into the hands of military maintenance personnel:

Thermal Wave Imaging

Since winning the 2017 CTMA Technology competition, Thermal Wave Imaging (TWI), has supported NAVAIR as it has implemented TWI’s Large Standoff, Large-Area Thermography (LASLAT) system. LASLAT, which inspects large-scale composite parts, can scan a 17-by-15-foot area in 15 minutes from a fixed point. TWI delivered its first production LASLAT system to FRC East in December, where technicians use it to inspect V-22 proprotor blades, cutting average inspection times from 10-14 to 2-3 hours per blade.


Honeywell, the 2016 CTMA Technology Competition winner, has since partnered with Warner Robins Air Logistic Complex. Warner Robins maintenance personnel are testing Honeywell’s Voice Inspection Maintenance System (VIMS), a hands-free system that allows technicians to verbally record information as they inspect aircraft, rather than having to make handwritten notes that they later transcribe into a database. Once testing is successfully completed, VIMS will be used in inspections of the C-5 Galaxy and C-130 transport aircraft and the F-15 Eagle Fighter.