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UTC Aerospace Systems acquires license for structural health monitoring system technology from Metis Design Corp.

New technology reduces aircraft inspection costs and maximizes availability of fleets

Jul 13, 2016

FARNBOROUGH, England, July 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- UTC Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), has licensed the MD7-Pro™ digital structural health monitoring (SHM) system from Metis Design Corporation to support the aerospace industry's growing need for Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) applications. Metis Design Corp. based in Boston, Mass., is a technical consulting firm that focuses on SHM and multifunctional materials.

"We are pleased to move forward with this new technology as we start to offer Structural Health Monitoring to our customers," said Justin Keppy, President, Sensors & Integrated Systems, UTC Aerospace Systems. 

SHM is a natural extension of UTC Aerospace Systems' leading Health and Usage Management Systems (HUMS) capabilities. UTC Aerospace Systems' use of the MD7-Pro™ system will enhance its current HUMS systems by adding SHM to its portfolio of health management solutions. 

"The MD7-Pro™ system is the most advanced SHM product available today, and the pulse-echo technology it uses is the best suited for aerospace applications," said Dr. Mauro Atalla, vice president of engineering and technology, Sensors and Integrated Systems (SIS), UTC Aerospace Systems.

UTC Aerospace Systems' enhancements and developments of this system are designed to enable aircraft structure checks in less than five minutes, and to reduce manual inspection time and cost while maximizing aircraft fleet availability.  The system will be capable of identifying crack size and location, loose fasteners and corrosion, and providing higher fidelity data through digitizing sensor signals at the point of measurement.  Readily available structural health data will enable future extension of the useful life of aircraft components and systems.

UTC Aerospace Systems designs, manufactures and services integrated systems and components for the aerospace and defense industries. UTC Aerospace Systems supports a global customer base with significant worldwide manufacturing and customer service facilities. Follow the company on Twitter: @UTCAeroSystems.

United Technologies Corp., based in Farmington, Connecticut, provides high-technology systems and services to the building and aerospace industries. To learn more about UTC, visit the website at www.utc.com or follow the company on Twitter: @UTC.

SOURCE UTC Aerospace Systems

For further information: Mark Lastoria, +1 704 604 9473, mark.lastoria@utas.utc.com, www.utcaerospacesystems.com, @UTCAeroSystems