Project Spotlight - Virtual Reality and Predictive Analytics
The latest project for the Center for Predictive Maintenance combines predictive analytics with virtual reality (VR) technology. The Center worked with USC's School of Visual Art and Design and Research Cyberinfrastructure to create a VR demonstration showcasing an Apache tail rotor drive train intermediate gearbox. The demo allows the user to view the effects of fault progression in the wear of gears and how it affects the health of the gears. This demonstration is part of a partnership between Clemson University, the Fraunhofer Institute, and the South Carolina Department of Commerce which hopes to provide the manufacturing industry a methodology for producing zero-defect products. Click here to view a video showcasing the demonstration.
Technology Grant from Siemens Provides Software and Hardware
On June 22, USC and Siemens announced a technology grant of Siemens software and hardware valued at $628 million. This software and hardware will be used to train the next generation of engineers in the manufacturing workforce. During the event for the announcement, the Center for Predictive Maintenance was able to showcase it's Virtual Reality Demonstration for an Apache Intermediate Gearbox. The Center will be able to use this software to improve and build upon their current Intermediate Gearbox demonstration through model creation and simulation of parts. Click here for more information about the announcement.
Interview with Education Advisory Board (EAB) about CBM
In early January, Dr. Bayoumi, director of CPM, did an interview with EAB about condition-based maintenance (CBM). It was a question and answer about CBM and the future of maintenance in higher education. In the intervew Dr. Bayoumi talks about how CBM compares to other types of maintenance along with the benefits and challenges. Click here to read the full interview.
CPM Attends NATO Chiefs of Transformation Conference
The Center for Predictive Maintenance recently attended the NATO Chiefs of Transformation Conference (COTC) to present the intermediate gearbox demonstration to showcase the capabilities of the University of South Carolina and IBM partnership to help military in NATO contries with advanced computing and fleet management. The COTC focused on how NATO and Partners can leverage innovation to shape future capabilities to meet the ambitions of the Warsaw Summit outcomes now while preparing for an increasingly unstable, uncertain, challenging and dangerous world environment in 2030 and beyond. The presentation by USC was well received by all in attendance which included one, two, three, and four star generals from the US and other NATO affiliated countries.
CPM featured in Breakthrough Article
The Center for Predictive Maintenance is experiencing exciting new growth. On August 15, the Center was featured in an article for USC. The article talks about the future of the program with exciting new projects and a new larger facility. Read the full article here.
2016 AHS Forum 72
This year, AHS International's 72nd Annual Forum and Technology Display was held in West Palm Beach, Florida. The three-day conference included more than 265 presented technial papers along with insights and panel discussions by key decision makers. The Center had two papers presented at this years forum: "Estimation of Economic Effectiveness of HUMS equipped AH-64 Aircrafts: An ROI Approach" presented by Tanzina Zaman and "A Training and Educational Demonstration for Improving Maintenance Practices" presented by Travis Edwards.
Visitors from the Department of Defense
The Center for Predictive Maintenance (CPM) gave a tour to visitors from the Department of Defense (DoD). Visitors were first given a general briefing on the activities and history of the Center and then were given a tour of the facilities. They were able to get an up close look at the various test stands at the Center and interact with CPM team members.
RMPIG meeting in Fort Worth, Texas
General Eisner and Dr. Bayoumi recently attended a Rotary Wing Maintenance Programs Industry Group (RMPIG) meeting held in Fort Worth, Texas. The meeting was hosted by Bell Helicopter and attended by various people in industry, academia, and military. Topics of discussion included HUMS for Credit, Power Usage Inspection Intervals, and Maintenance Steering Group (MSG-3) reviews.