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    Date submitted
  • 28-Sep-2017

Smart Monitoring/Prognostics System


As aircraft continue to age, the importance of wiring integrity becomes a safety concern. Deterioration of physical properties of wiring systems could result in failures increasing the sensitivity to electromagnetic fields. UAT's new technology is a tool to enable testing of the wiring system in tight spaces where other hand tools cannot reach. The intent is to offer a reliable method for detecting wiring defects before they become faults ensuring the integrity of aircraft electrical wiring.

Additional Questions

Who is your customer?

The primary customer segments for this new technology include aircraft manufacturers and their suppliers, procurement officers, parts administrators, and repair and exchange managers: Sikorsky, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Bell, etc.

What problem does this idea/product solve or what market need does it serve?

• Integrated technology in the areas of evaluation, inspection, and testing • detection of aging effects on wiring • data regarding failure characterization, diagnostics, and maintenance tools • checks of robust insulators and conductors for contamination, degradation over time, metal shavings from repairs, exposure to fluids such as washing solutions or hydraulic fluids • detection of physical abuse such as stepping on the wires • detection of changes in the physical and chemical properties of insulation such as flexibility, hardness, tensile strength, compression strength, and torsion strength • detection of environmental effects that include temperature, humidity, and solar exposure The market it serves is the Aircraft health monitoring systems market, by IVHM Technology: Diagnostics Prognostics Condition-based Monitoring & Adaptive Control

What attributes will make this idea/product successful? Why do you believe that those features will create success?

Amphenol and Safran's hand held wiring monitoring devices are UAT’s main competitors. Nevertheless, Amphenol still use metal hardware which continues to be significant payload and installation requires twisting of the hands which easily lead to RSI. Safran’s monitoring requires the aircraft to be on the ground for disconnection. The wires are then reconnected to their test set and not all the aircraft wiring can be tested in one session. The Smart Reusable Monitoring System does not require metal hardware making it lighter. It also uses sensing devices to constantly monitor the wiring integrity even during flight without disconnection. This technology saves 65 to 70 percent in weight from incumbent leading to fuel efficiency.

Explain how you (your team) will execute to make this idea/product successful? What gives you (your team) an advantage over others already in the market or new to this market?

United Aircraft Technologies, Inc. is a finalist to the 8th Sikorsky Entrepreneurial Challenge. UAT's primary market is the military and the trend is to prepare for war anywhere in the world. The military provides Military Standard (MS) specifications about what is acceptable for the consumer and what is expected for the military. Some key drivers for change are the reduction of CO2 emissions, the need to lower fuel consumption, the wish to increase passenger and cargo load per flight, and the healthy factors involved in aircraft maintenance workers. However, it is expected to also work closely with domestic military facilities to validate the claimed safety benefits. UAT anticipates that it would capture about 5% of the market. After all, suppliers aggressively market their products internationally. In addition, the technology has a human factor competitive edge by addressing the reduction of Repetitive Strain Injuries, which will allow UAT to penetrate the established market.