(Monroeville, Pa. – February 21, 2011) – The Department of Defense Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) recently awarded a Navy Phase I contract to the Systems Reliability Services team at RJ Lee Group, Inc. The goal of this Phase I contract is to develop life cycle and reliability prediction techniques for propulsion systems used in the Navy’s F-35 Strike Fighter Program. The resulting simulated approach would provide planners with a reliable means of predicting inventory requirements for engine parts requiring long lead-times. Major benefits would include increased cost savings and improved service by reducing downtime and preventing inventory of unnecessary or obsolete parts.
Matt Sedlak, Software Architect, commenting on the award noted, “This SBIR win is a clear signal that our systems reliability services for engine health are making an impact and are being adopted by other aircraft engine platforms. Our prior work on the F-100 is projected to save the U.S. Air Force $2.5 billion. This program could turn out to have a similar return on investment.” The services team will again be working with StandardAero, an independent maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) aviation service company with whom they previously developed and implemented a series of predictive analytics techniques and software tools for a U.S. Air Force engine fleet. These tools are being used by planners to assist in allocating maintenance resources and extending of engine life.
About RJ Lee Group
RJ Lee Group is recognized as an industry leader in providing innovative solutions to challenges in materials characterization, forensic engineering, and information management. For 30 years, we have been using our scientific expertise, instrumentation and technology to offer support strategies and provide solutions to our customers. RJ Lee Group is a 300-person company with headquarters located in Monroeville, PA.