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NEWS | Oct. 1, 2016

SBIR-Backed Aircraft Health Monitoring Technology Poised for Widespread Use


Metis Design Corp.

  • LOCATION: Boston, Massachusetts
  • TOPIC TITLE: Intelligent Structural Health Monitoring Infrastructure
  • TECHNICAL PROJECT OFFICE: Air Force Sustainment Center, Robins AFB, GA

One of the world’s largest aerospace companies is looking to revolutionize the industry with new technology developed by a small business in partnership with the Air Force and Navy.

UTC Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp., recently signed an agreement to license the MD7-Pro digital structural health monitoring system from Boston, Massachusetts-based Metis Design Corp. This newer sensing technology offers on-demand structural health data collection and analysis for aircraft components and systems. When integrated with the UTC Aerospace Systems’ Pulse Health Monitor, the MD7-Pro will provide an accurate and timely assessment of aircraft component life expectancy, significantly reducing the maintenance hours spent conducting periodic manual inspections.


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