Maintenance Innovation Challenge (MIC) Finalists
On 26 January 2016 the JTEG will conduct a technology forum that presents the finalists selected from the 2015 DoD Maintenance Innovation Challenge (MIC). The JTEG selected six finalists who then presented their new technologies, processes, or business practices at the 2015 DoD Maintenance Symposium on December 7 in Phoenix, Arizona. Senior DoD maintenance and sustainment leaders selected the overall winner – “Aviation Bonded Material Inspection System”, submitted by the US Coast Guard, who briefed at the 15 Dec JTEG forum. Two finalists – “Assembled Replacement Integrated Circuits (ARICs)” from NUWC Keyport, and “NOKOMIS Advanced Detection of Electronic Counterfeits (ADEC)” from NAVAIR, will be presenting at the 19 Jan JTEG forum on “Integrated Circuit Testing, Repair & Re-Manufacture”. This forum on 26 January, will briefly explain the MIC process and the MIC plans for 2016, and will feature presentations from the remaining three finalists: “Using Voice Directed Technology for Transforming Maintenance & Inspection Operations” from Honeywell; “Phased Array Ultrasonic Testing for Increased Accuracy & Repeatability” from Pearl Harbor Naval Station & IMF; and Automated Debris Analysis for At-line Maintainers” from GasTOPS Inc.
1300-1309: Welcome and Overview – Kurt Doehnert (JTEG Co-Chairman)
1309-1310: Administrative Notes – Debbie Lilu (NCMS)
1310-1335: MIC Description and 2016 Timeline – Kurt Doehnert (JTEG Co-Chairman)
1335-1400: Using Voice Directed Technology for Transforming Maintenance & Inspection Operations from – Prakash Somasundaram (Honeywell)
1400-1425: Automated Debris Analysis for At-line Maintainers – Steve Odom (GasTOPS Inc.)
1425-1450: Phased Array Ultrasonic Testing for Increased Accuracy & Repeatability” – LT Chris MacLean (Pearl Harbor Naval Station & IMF)
1450-1500: Wrap-up and JTEG Principals Comments
Event: On 26 January, 2016, the Joint Technology Exchange Group (JTEG), in coordination with the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS), hosted a virtual forum on “Maintenance Innovation Challenge (MIC) Finalists”.
Purpose: The purpose of the forum was to provide information on the Maintenance Innovation Challenge and present briefings from three of the MIC finalists.
Welcome: Kurt Doehnert (JTEG Co-Chair), welcomed everyone to the forum, thanked the presenters and all the listeners for their attendance, and briefly described the purposes of the JTEG and the JTEG technology forums.
Administrative: This was an open forum. The presentations, along with questions and answers, were conducted through Defense Collaboration Services (DCS) and an audio line. Approximately 35 participants from across DoD and industry joined in the forum. Questions were sent through DCS and answered by the presenters during the forum.
Maintenance Innovation Challenge (MIC) Description: Kurt Doehnert provided a description of the MIC to include its purpose, the sequence of steps in the process, the submission requirements, the ranking process, and how the submitters benefit. Lastly, he discussed the key dates involved with the 2016 MIC to include the 1 September submission due date.
Using Voice Directed Technology for Transforming Maintenance & Inspection Operations: Prakash Somasundaram (Honeywell) discussed voice-directed inspections. He explained current documentation methods and compared them to the Vocollect voice hands-free system. He walked through a voice inspection process and described the benefits and customer success achieved within industry and Hill AFB.
Automated Debris Analysis for At-line Maintainers: Steve Odom (GasTOPS Inc.) unfortunately lost communication with the forum prior to his presentation and was unable to re-connect. The JTEG will look at opportunities to include this brief in a future forum.
Phased Array Ultrasonic Testing (PAUT) for Increased Accuracy & Repeatability: LT Chris MacLean (Pearl Harbor Naval Station & IMF) described the challenges with conventional ultrasonic testing to include no permanent record of the data, and then described the PAUT technology. He showed examples of the displays and reports PAUT provides, followed by a description of the benefits realized and the challenges experienced. PAUT is a mature technology widely used in industry and can be integrated into other DoD maintenance processes.
Closing Comments: Kurt Doehnert congratulated the MIC finalists and thanked the audience for their participation. He also noted the importance of information exchange amongst the military Services and agencies.
Presentation Slides and Questions & Answers: These meeting minutes, the Q&A, and those briefing slides approved for public release, will be posted on the JTEG website at http://jteg.ncms.org/ . The slides and Q&A from the other 3 finalists are also posted on the JTEG website.
Next JTEG Meeting: The next JTEG virtual forum is 23 February 2016, 1:00 – 3:00 pm EST. The topic is “Cyber-Security: Overcoming Challenges to Innovation”.
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Questions & Answers
Using Voice Directed Technology
Q1. How accurate is the system?
A1. The recognition engine we use is designed for industrial uses. We have no concerns on the accuracy of the system.
Q2. How flexible is the system to a change in sequence?
A2. Flexibility in the system does exists, though we encourage users to use the provided sequences.
Q3. Will this system tie to my Product Life Cycle Management (PLM) – team center, windchill, etc solution? I want one site to maintain my truth data.
A3. Yes, this system can communicate with the host system.
Q4. Do you have the authority to work over government networks?
A4. We are working with Hill AFB to get on their network.
Phased Array Ultrasonic Testing
Q1. Does this provide better/more consistent results than eddy current?
A1. I am not an expert on the topic. The shop says they are getting better results. Our NDT inspection shop could provide more details.