Management Sciences, Inc. | Date: 2015-10-05
A method, apparatus, and system for protection from fires and electrical shock of components used in construction of electrical conduits is disclosed using non-electrical means to disrupt flow of electricity before an arc fault, with the purpose to disrupt flow of current before risk of arcing. The purpose of this invention is to remove the hazard before an electrical arc occurs.
Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Navy | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 79.99K | Year: 2014
Tyco Electronics Connectivity Defense and Aerospace (TE) is a leading supplier of mil-spec fiber optic (FO) connectors used in ship"s wiring plants, In a Navy SBIR, our company, Management Sciences, Inc. (MSI) worked with TE and developed a portable automated test equipment (ATE) for fast and efficient troubleshooting of harnesses. The portable ATE operates at the rate of about 4 seconds per conduit compared to several minutes for single conduit testers. We propose research leading to production of an automated inspection system that automatically inspects, tests, and documents fiber optic (FO) conduits of a ship"s cable plant. The technology will interface to FO cable connectors and automatically inspect for factory and installation defects. This new technology shall include all necessary instrumentation for operating as an automated system that inspects and documents the location and nature of the fiber optic wiring plant problems or defects. (A separate proposal is presented for inspecting electrical wiring plants which have an entirely different problem space.)
Management Sciences, Inc. | Date: 2015-10-05
A system for protection from fires and electrical shock of components used in construction of electrical systems is disclosed using a sensing degree of characteristic before an arc fault, with the purpose to detect, annunciate, and remove the hazard before an electrical arc occurs.
Agency: Department of Commerce | Branch: National Institute of Standards and Technology | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 89.99K | Year: 2014
Millions of heat pumps are used to heat and cool homes and buildings year round. Continuous operation means that components wear out at a greater rate. As a result, maintenance of residential heat pumps is a major cost driver. Current methods focus on reduced use through control settings. Typically, demand has wide swings throughout the day and people are unable to customize controls. Inevitably, energy is wasted until a fault is discovered and a maintenance technician replaces a faulty part. MSI’s patented user-programmable microcontroller module performs sensor data monitoring, datalogging, processing, control, and communications to smartphones and tablets. We propose to exploit this technology for increasing the efficiency of heat pumps and reducing maintenance costs by aggressive goal-seeking control and simultaneous real time monitoring for stresses, degradation, and equipment faults using deductive modeling. Our product vision is an easy-to-install, plug-and-play kit that connects to the existing equipment and household sensors. In Phase I, MSI will start with a cloud demonstration of the current technology in action at our current off-the-grid demonstration site. Next, we will perform research and value engineering to architect and produce a small, form factor prototype specifically for improving heat pump performance, safety, reliability, and ownership costs.
Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Air Force | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase II | Award Amount: 1.24M | Year: 2014
ABSTRACT: The Air Force is facing severe budget cuts which force the need to cut operating costs of aircraft and manpower. One way to do this is to increase reliability of systems and components which would reduce maintenance and increase operational availability, which reduces the number of aircraft needed to complete missions. The Air Force desires a new prognostic health management (PHM) approach that applies advanced diagnostic and prognostic algorithms to systems and components of vehicles operated under harsh or off-design conditions typical of military platforms. In Phase I, MSI developed and prototyped a PHM system that will provide accurate prognosis of propulsion system health and, as much as possible, preempt loss of control, in-flight shutdowns and cut down on false removals and maintenance time caused by inadequate information from the aircraft. The demonstration included real time data collection, signal conditioning, cognitive processing, and data offload from the EPIC; and probabilistic decision support information for maintenance troubleshooting assists. The RTS operating engineer flew simulated missions and seeded faults that typical of hard to isolate problems experienced in RPA propulsion systems. All the seeded faults introduced by the Rolls-Royce RTS engineer were successfully identified. BENEFIT: The COSMOS PHMS three tier approach, implemented with passive embedded processing nodes offers cost effective advantages that go beyond data recording to provide in-flight diagnostics and prognostics and also support O-level troubleshooting and data mining of fleet data. Being on-board and real time COSMOS can programmed to alert the maintainers not only of the diagnosed cause of a red tag events but also predict probabilistically the progress of degradation of components to indicate those what actions can be taken to preempt future failures. The probabilistic information from the COSMOS PHMS will also provide actionable decision support during maintenance by providing diagnostics and backup data. COSMOS will provide root cause analyses to wiring electrical or other cause which will reduce No Fault Found. COSMOS PHMS will improve existing logistic support processes by providing information not currently available. All this translates to reduced maintenance time, lower operating costs and higher operational availability.
Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Army | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase II | Award Amount: 942.91K | Year: 2013
Management Sciences"EdgeWare is motivated by the needs of warfighters to understand and negotiate the complex environments in which they are deployed. EdgeWare is an Edge Enabled System (EES) framework that will leverage and enhance the situation awareness (SA) of dismounted warfighters. Using EdgeWare, warfighters will develop, extend and combine ISR applications for their current mission. Situation understanding and response time will improve through sensing and reasoning applications that evolve out of the common needs of individual soldiers. In addition to improving access to information for the dismounted soldier, our approach to EES will increase the relevance of incoming information by allowing soldiers to customize how the information is acquired, processed, and interpreted. Finally, commanders will order customized information reports from dismounted warfighters as situations develop. In this way, warfighters will act as human sensors and interpreters of the environment in which they are deployed. A full-featured EdgeWare system will enable warfighters to create information harnessing and reasoning apps, called mission specific apps, during mission planning. These can then be configured for specific and novel situations by the dismounted warfighter using a mobile device while deployed. Phase II EdgeWare demonstrations will include applications for Force Protection and telemedicine.
Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Army | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase II | Award Amount: 750.00K | Year: 2015
PEO-Aviation has established a requirement for Integrated Vehicle Health Monitoring Systems (IVHMS) that perform passive data collection, diagnostics, and prognostic assessment of the remaining useful life of components and systems. The information and data produced by the IVHMS augment the existing helicopter usage monitoring system (HUMS) which focuses on collecting data related to use of the rotors, gearbox, and propulsion system. In previous SBIR programs, Management Sciences, Inc. (MSI) has developed a sophisticated software toolset that operates in a small avionic module and performs passive in-flight data collection, diagnostics, and prognostics of remaining useful life of components and systems. The scope of this Phase II work effort is to extend the technology hardware and software to perform as data collection and processing nodes reporting data and analytical results to the IVHMS computer. MSI shall produce and test prototype articles in Boeings high fidelity AH-64 laboratory (TRL-6). In a stretch goal, provided schedule and budget are sufficient, the technology will be flight certified and flight tested on AH-64 provided by PEO-AVN (TRL-7).
Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Army | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 100.00K | Year: 2015
In Army SBIR II Management Sciences, Inc. has developed the EdgeWare edge-enabled system for soldiers on the move equipped with Nett Warrior End User Devices. EdgeWare is game changing because it pulls delivery of important information to the combat soldier and reflectively pushes information from the combat soldier to commanders and other support organizations such as medical, logistic, and intelligence services. Military medical services desire to equip Nett Warrior EUDs with software which partitions the device into different levels of security domains, neither of which can physically access the other such that the user could generate the required patient encounter documentation in the unclassified partition and transmit over an unclassified network or through an unclassified tunnel through a classified (SIPRNET) network connection, thereby maintaining the unclassified status of the patient encounter record. The software we propose will run on the Nett Warrior system and will meet or otherwise satisfy NSA standards for maintaining physical separation between classified and unclassified processing domains. In Phase I MSI will system engineer, design a prototype for enabling multi-security domain applications to process and transmit data from a Combat Medics Electron EUD.
Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Missile Defense Agency | Program: STTR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 100.00K | Year: 2015
Management Sciences is widely recognized for its passive instrumentation module that runs Bayesian algorithms which monitor signatures to assess the health and remaining life of electronic and mechanical components. New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (NM Tech) is our research partner. Our approach is to translate a current microelectronic module into an 1-in x 1-in application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) that operates using very low continuous power consumption in both sleep and active modes. The ASIC will derive power supplied by the host printed circuit board (PCB) and from a battery when host PCB power is unavailable. The ASIC will be such that it integrates with an existing PCB connector and micro-components that sense stress of PCB components, humidity, temperature, rate of temperature change, and dynamic environment vibration and shock loading. Raytheon Missile Systems will identify systems, subsystems, or components where this technology can be applied. Our Phase 1 work will develop and implement a small scale test to verify and validate the utility of the technology in a system, subsystem, or component. Approved for Public Release 15-MDA-8161 (11 March 15)
Agency: Department of Commerce | Branch: National Institute of Standards and Technology | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase II | Award Amount: 299.99K | Year: 2015
During Phase I, Management Sciences, Inc. (MSI) proved feasibility of adapting their current technology into a product capable of improving performance resulting in increased efficiency and extended life cycles of heat pumps. The resultant product is a tool named the Heat Pump Sentient (HP-Sentient). The HP-Sentient will improve performance and reduce maintenance costs through aggressive goal-seeking control and simultaneous real time monitoring for stresses, degradation, and equipment faults using deductive modeling. In Phase II, MSI will produce an easy-to-install, plug-and-play kit that connects to existing heat pumps that will sell for about $100 in production quantities.