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Aviation Week's Innovation Challenge recognizes and promotes the groundbreaking work being done by tiered suppliers within the aerospace and defense (A&D) industry.  Nominees were judged on the basis of value provided to primes and subcontractors through:

  • Design innovation that changes product size, weight or capability
  • Simple alternatives to a complex and costly product design
  • Technology breakthroughs that provide new or substantially improved performance

 

Category

Company

Product

Aero Structures

3D Metal Forming

Integrated Structures

Aurora Flight Sciences

CH-53K Main Rotor Pylon

CSA Engineering, A Moog Company

SoftRide Vibration Isolation System

Perfect Point EDM, Inc.

Perfect Point e.drill

Communications

Rockwell Collins

ANT-7000 C-Band Antenna

Composites

Lord Corporation

Self-Assembling Conductive Mesh for Lightning Strike Protection

Electronics

Becker Avionics Inc.

BD406/ PBD406

ATGI

HiRAT (Hi-Powered Ram Air Turbine)

Infotech Enterprises Limited

Explosion Proof Enclosure of PACK CONTROL UNIT of air-conditioning system

Luciol Instruments

LOR-220

Lufthansa Technik

aerosight

Packet Digital LLC

PowerSage Power Management Integrated Circuits

Sandel Corporation

HeliTAWS

Manufacturing Processes

Eclypse International Corporation

Intermittent Symptom Failure Detection & Location Capability

Makino Inc.

ADVANTiGE

Other

3M Clearfix Aerospace

3M Clearfix Aerospace Catalyzed Window Repair System

Hydronalix Inc.

Hydronalix Hurricane Tracker

Industrial Technology Research Institute

REDDEX

Other Process Innovation

Adducent Technology Inc.

AeroProbe Electronic Tool Detection System

Delta Sigma Corporation

ProjectionWorks

Elixair International LTD

SkyMill Revolution

IBM

Digital Information Archiving System for PLM

Power and Propulsion

AV&R Vision and Robotics

Automated Blade Leading and Trailing Edge Profiling System

Fraunhofer ILT

Additive BLISK

Sensors

Impact Technologies, a Sikorsky Innovation Company

LUCAS – Lubricant Condition Assessment Systems

Logos Technologies Inc.

Lightweight Expeditionary Airborne Persistent Surveillance (LEAPS) System

Service Innovation

Air New Zealand Technical Operations

A320 MLG Retraction Actuator Jack In-Situ Boring and Spotfacing Tool

Jackson Aircraft Weighing Service

Large Jet Scales

Row 44 Inc.

In-flight Broadband Entertainment Platform

VAS Aero Services LLC

Aviation Parts Outlet

Software

Analytical Graphics Inc.

Satellite AR

BridgeNet International

VOLANS

CogniSens Inc

NeuroTracker

Object Computing Inc.

OpenDDS Model Driven Tool Kit

Object Computing Inc.
OpenDDS Model Driven Tool Kit
Using open source Eclipse Modeling Framework, OCI's graphical tool creates models to rapidly build and evolve simulation systems. Model semantics are stored in XML, creating a common and open model-sharing environment. The product addresses a key issue for complex systems development by removing barriers to sharing large amounts of data at incredible speeds to synchronize large-scale complex activities.  

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CogniSens Inc.
NeuroTracker
NeuroTracker is a perceptual-cognitive training tool designed to improve the ability to capture, process and react/decide to outside and peripheral environments. The 3D software suite immerses the user, moving past skill/trade learning to increase the ability to absorb and process dynamic environments. Feedback components help identify areas of weakness to further customize training.

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BridgeNet International
Product: VOLANS
VOLANS is an Internet-based rapid prototyping to create, evaluate and display flight operations in 3D. VOLANS can be used for all classes of aircraft, from commercial air transport to small and unmanned aerial vehicles, to model existing flight tunnels to all new flight paths. VOLANS translates proposed NextGen ATM into economic, emissions and efficiency data.

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Analytical Graphics Inc.
Product: Satellite AR
AGI uses its analysis and visualization software to compute satellite over flight information relative to a user's Android mobile device. The user receives a web page listing the satellite's mission description, launch origination and ownership. Designed for military use, the app allows users to quickly identify locations shielded from hostile imagery collection or to establish best-access locations for mobile antennas.

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VAS Aero Servicers LLC
Product: Aviation Parts Outlet
Buying aftermarket parts in aviation bears no resemblance to most on-line shopping experiences. Now it can. VAS spent 2 years verifying pricing and creating programs to adjust pricing daily. Now buyers can search their own stock, see VAS inventory availability, trace information, documentation, and negotiable pricing — allowing them to make online offers.

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Row 44 Inc.
Product: In-flight Broadband Entertainment Platform
Row 44's product offers a host of broadband-based services, including high-speed web browsing, wireless video-on-demand, streaming IPTV-based TV — all through each passenger's WI-FI device during flight. No other in-flight WI-Fi provider offers live TV and TV episodes accessible on an individual basis.

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Jackson Aircraft Weighing Service  
Product: Large Jet Scales
The product provides a low-cost alternative to weighing large jets on platform scales. The under axle/top of jack weighing system allows for weighing of two aircraft per night with easier set up, saving carrier down time, labor and personnel injuries from moving heavy platforms. Calibration costs are lower, and the scales can be moved easily, providing additional flexibility.

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Air New Zealand Technical Operations
Product: A320 MLG Retraction Actuator Jack In-Situ Boring and Spotfacing Tool
Corrosion damages MLG retraction jack anchorage fittings. Removal and rework create cost and operation delays. The in-situ repair uses a single, indexable cutting insert mounted on a finely adjustable boring bar, the head of which is custom designed. The self-contained tool kit saves 400 man-hours per aircraft and recovers 3 days revenue loss.

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Logos Technologies Inc.
Product: Lightweight Expeditionary Airborne Persistent Surveillance Systems (LEAPS)

LEAPS provides the local ground commander sole control of a persistent surveillance asset. Each user can simultaneously view a unique sub-section of the imagery; the commander can immediate threats or conduct forensic investigation. Weighing in at 54 pounds, LEAPS relies on custom integrated circuit cards and solid state drives — using 16X less mass, 10X less power and 30X less volume than the preceding technology.

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Impact Technologies LLC
Product: Lubricant Condition Assessment System (LUCAS)
This embedded monitoring and on-line sensing capability characterizes lubricant condition and contaminants and detects ferrous/non-ferrous wear metals. The multi-patented technologies can be installed at any point in the lifecycle. Sensors interrogate to detect and classify. The product eliminates high recurring costs, reduces test/lab cycle time, and places boundaries around wear and damage to improve overall mission readiness.

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Fraunhofer ILT
Additive BLISK
This new additive manufacturing technology reduces material losses and production cost, reducing manufacturing time by approximately 30% and reducing the buy-to-fly ratio from 5:1 to 2:1. The new additive manufacturing technology preserves resources, saves time and cost, eliminates geometric restrictions and creates new, shorter and more efficient process chains.

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AV&R Vision and Robotics
Automated Blade Leading and Trailing Edge Profiling System
This system creates high precision elliptical profiles on blades and variable vanes within a 50-micron tolerance. The machine's capabilities compare the geometry of the part with the theoretical 3D model to create the optimal machining recipe for new and MRO application. The closed loop system supports high levels of variation, and precise calculations remove the minimum amount of material to meet the required profile.

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IBM
Product: Digital Information Archiving System for PLM
The product provides for preservation of data over 70+ years and in conformance with FAA and EASA regulatory requirements.  The product combines processes, software and hardware to store and manage media for long-term viability and consists of archive preparation for neutral formats, open-archiving solutions, periodic fixity check and recovery, audit process, third-party certification and hardware/infrastructure.

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Elixair International Ltd
Product: SkyMill Revolution
The SkyMill is a portable, re-chargeable sharpener for the Elixair SkyScraper, providing 40 cycles of sharpening at point-of-use rather than a new tool for each use.  Most MRO operations go through quantities of scrapers to remove sealant — this product and its reuse capability increase productivity, reduces waste and drives costs down by about 75% while reducing the incidence of foreign object debris. 

 

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Delta Sigma Corporation
Product: ProjectionWorks
ProjectionWorks uses optical projections to create a 3D visual of a sequence of work instruction directly on to objects. This virtual guide eliminates the need for drawings or manuals normally associated with the build of complex systems. The goals are to reduce rework, reduce cost to build and improve quality.

 

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Adducent Technology Inc.
Product: AeroProbe Electronic Tool Detection System
AeroProbe allows plane-side craftsmen to “look” through aluminum, titanium, magnesium and composites to view tools that may have been left behind during a repair or MRO activity. The technician activates tools used in a specific repair and then sweeps the aircraft surface to “view” any remaining foreign objects or tooling. In addition to increasing accuracy and safety, the time required for the sweep is much lower than the physical search formerly required.

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Industrial Technology Research Institute
Product: REDDEX
A composite fire protection material, REDDEX consists of urethane-based components and alumni-trihydrate. It adheres as foam or as sheets to varied materials, providing fire protection, reducing killer gases and reducing smoke when exposed to heat and fire. The polymer chars and eventually converts into a bound inorganic porous structure. The protected side behind REDDEX remains at a much lower temperature.

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Hydronalix Inc.
Product: Hydronalix Hurricane Tracker
The tracker is a small, rugged, autonomous water surface vessel that is aircraft launched. It provides sea-level data: barometric pressure, current and wind information, and water temperature to NOAA as it travels within the hurricane eye. This allows NOAA scientists to more accurately predict the path and state of a hurricane.

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Clearfix Aerospace
Product: Clearfix Aerospace Catalyzed Window Repair System
Clearfix reduces aircraft window restoration from hours to minutes, using a catalyzed polish and UV coating. The coating, rather than the plastic window, endures the damage. The plastic substrate is applied first, heated, and then topped with two coats of UV, which self-levels in 12 seconds. Upon damage, the coating can be removed with an included spray product before reapplying the catalyzed coating again.

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Makino Inc.
Product: ADVANTiGE
ADVANTiGE machining technology overcomes limitations of low metal-removal rates and rapid tool wear associated with titanium machining. The 5-axis horizontal machining center includes a high-power, high-torque tilting spindle, vibration damping system, high-pressure/high-flow coolant system, rigid machine construction and collision safeguard and autonomic spindle technologies -- combined into a single package. ADVANTiGE increases productivity by 4X compared to conventional machining technologies.

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Eclypse International Corporation
Product: Intermittent Symptom Failure Detection and Location Capability
The product is a scalable electrical inspection system used to validate complex electrical distribution system configuration. It detects and locates intermittent failures. The capability has been adapted for use on the Joint Services Automatic Wire Test Set, providing cost savings and remedying three long-term failures.

 

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Sandel Corp.
Product: HeliTAWS
HeliTAWS provides visual depiction and aural alerting of low-level wires and transmission lines, obstacles and terrain within a pre-calculated proximity to hazard. This decreases incidence of false alerts, thus increasing pilot confidence in the system for close-in operations.  Its embedded WireWatch algorithms incorporate a detailed wire database, providing an alert whether or not the wire carries electricity.

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Packet Digital LLC
Product: PowerSage Power Management Integrated Circuits
PowerSage monitors activity in electronics, correlates this to real-time energy demand, and then provides dynamic voltage scaling. The patented integrated circuits provide just-in-time/just-enough power management to improve performance, extend battery life and reduce generated heat. PowerSage ports to all architectures and is suited for radios, computers, sensors and embedded systems.  

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Lufthansa Technik
Product: Aerosight
This digital Ethernet cabin surveillance camera allows the pilot to monitor cockpit access, cabin and cargo areas without additional hardware. Aerosight handles up to 16 cameras and automatically switches between day view and infrared night view. No additional routers or network switches are required as it can be connected with the electronic flight bag, a cabin terminal laptop or tablet.

 

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Luciol Instruments
Product: LOR-220
LOR-220 is an optical time-domain reflectometer that downscales technology used in the telecom industry to the smaller confines of an aircraft. The product characterizes and troubleshoots fiber optic cables, identifying minute alterations, and precisely detects and localizes bends, kinks and breaks. Technicians can focus directly on the fix, requiring less time and rework. 

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Infotech Enterprises Ltd
Product: Explosion Proof Enclosure of Pack Control Unit of Air Conditioning System
The Infotech explosion-proof enclosure resolves the multiple challenges of flame, explosion and condensation in units that control cabin heat and cooling. The four-number, precisely machined hole design drains water formed during condensation at high altitude, while ensuring cost and thermal performance. The design also saves 5.5% in weight.

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ATGI
Product: Hi-Powered Ram Air Turbine (HIRAT)
Airborne jamming systems are power hungry. HiRAT provides over 4 times the power of existing externally mounted RAT. The submerged inlet ducting design provides multi-directional jamming. It addresses the flight envelope area known as “coffin corner” with 2X the power, and can be scaled to develop power in a range from 100 watts to over 200 kilowatts.

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Becker Avionics Inc.
Product: BD406/PBD406
The beacon locator is a tool for land/water/air search and rescue. It decodes 406 MHz signals down to 100 meters, can be fixed or mobile, and decodes the transmitted GPS location, while also identifying the beacon serial number, from a single source. At 2-inches in size and weight of just over 2 pounds, it carries a lower hardware and operational cost while speeding up response.

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Lord Corporation
Self-Assembling Conductive Mesh for Lightning Strike Protection
Traditional metal mesh protects new composites structures, but are difficult to apply, repair and electrically inter-connect. Lord's conductive polymer technology enables a microscopic conductive mesh during the curing of the material at composite processing temperatures and applies with the ease of any other epoxy layer in or on a composite structure. Initial results include dramatic weight reduction.

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Rockwell Collins  
Product: ANT-7000 C-Band Antenna
The ANT-7000 was developed in one year to resolve cost, size, weight and multi-directional reception issues for aircraft antenna capability. The parasitic, electronic-switched network array antenna enables multi-directional digital and multi-point communication among manned and unmanned aircraft, weapons, and ground forces. It does so at half the weight and 20% of the cost of traditional antenna systems. 

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Perfect Point EDM, Inc.
Product: Perfect Point e.drill
The e.drill brings electric discharge machining to a hand-held device for removal of fasteners.  It cuts any conductive metal and centralizes heat exchange at the site, then vacuums fluid and cutting debris away from the drill site. In initial trials, the e.drill delivered faster material removal rates, less heat, less damage to fasteners removed and dramatic cycle time reduction.

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CSA Engineering, A Moog Company
Product: SoftRide Vibration Isolation System
SoftRide is designed to eliminate one of the enduring satellite launch risks  — launch-induced vibration and shock. The product is a unique combination of flexures and passive damping using visco-elastic materials. SoftRide inserts at an existing field joint, requiring no hardware changes.  The product comes in several different versions to deal with specific thrust/directional/load configurations.

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Aurora Flight Sciences
Product: CH-53K Main Rotor Pylon (MRP)
Produced of composite and titanium materials, the MRP can be assembled into the customer's main cabin in less than two hours versus the five-day sequence planned. It came in 5% below weight allocation. The materials and structure improve fatigue and damage tolerance and reduce spares requirements, driving down overall operating and lifecycle costs.

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3D Metal Forming
Product: Integrated Structures
The 3D-Metal process uses the company's explosive forming technology to produce large, complex, double-curved shapes, which are machined after forming. The one-piece aerostructures include integrated stiffeners and mounting features. This allows aircraft designers to optimize shape3 and the number of crosses in ribbed structures, reducing weight, time and production cost. No riveting is required.

 

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exhibitors

The Innovation Challenge Showcase offers the unique opportunity to network with leading tiered suppliers, who are performing groundbreaking work within the aerospace and defense (A&D) industry. Get hands on with products and services that will enable increased productivity.  Learn about new technologies that are moving our global industry forward, saving time, money and lives.

Limited sponsor and exhibitor opportunities still available.  Contact Rita Dommermuth  at rdmuth24@gmail.com or +1 602-441-0198 today for availability details and pricing information.

Exhibitors

  • 3M Aerospace
  • Aurora Flight Sciences
  • BSI-Micronautix
  • Hydronlix Inc
  • Joining Technologies Research Center
  • Makino
  • Rockwell Collins
  • VAS Aero Services