ChipCHECK is a rugged field deployable maintenance decision support tool which employs innovative material identification laser spectroscopy technology to automatically analyse chip detector debris and provide the maintainer with quick, reliable, conclusive engine, transmission and gearbox health information right at the aircraft or maintenance bay location. Easy-to-use, the maintainer transfers the particles from the chip detector using a convenient sticky tape sample sheet, the sheet is inserted into the ChipCHECK and in a few minutes the maintainer is provided with detailed information on the number of particles, size of each particle, the metallic alloy of the particle, and most importantly, a Go/No-Go determination for the equipment based upon the pre-determined condition indices.
As mechanical components begin to fail, they release metallic debris into their lubrication oil systems. Conventional methods of oil wetted component failure detection for equipment such as aircraft engines and helicopter transmissions rely upon chip detectors to give maintainers a window into what is happening within the equipment.
The traditional approach is for the maintainer to visually inspect the chip detector to determine the serviceability of the equipment based upon his experience and judgement. In some cases the chips are extracted from the chip detector and sent for laboratory analysis, which may take days for results to be returned, whilst the aircraft is sitting on the ground waiting to be released for service. The solution to eliminate this inefficiency is to put the laboratory process into the hands of the maintainer in a reliable, field-deployable package that is easy-to-use and delivers the Go/No-Go decision in minutes.