Through the use of MetalSCAN, it is now possible to detect early damage, monitor the progression of this damage and provide multi-level warning to maintenance and operations organizations before failure occurs, on-line and in-flight.
Originally developed for the F-22 Advanced Tactical Fighter engine, MetalSCAN is available for a wide range of military and commercial aircraft applications. The sensor provides state-of-the-art engine, gearbox, and transmission protection and health monitoring for many of the world’s most advanced aircraft including the F-35 Lightning and Airbus A320neo.
The MetalSCAN sensor is installed in the full-flow of the gearbox or transmission lubrication system in a suitable location ahead of the system filter. The sensor’s signal conditioning electronics can be integrated directly into the component monitoring unit or helicopter HUMS, or it can be implemented in a standalone configuration depending on the aircraft monitoring architecture.
ChipCHECK eliminates the visual guesswork required of the maintainer and provides a reliable quantitative indication of the number, size, and alloy composition of the chips, and using pre-loaded condition indices empowers the maintainer to make the right Go/No-Go decision, everytime.
FilterCHECK is employed when chip detection inspection and analysis is insufficient. FilterCHECK unlocks the information buried in the filter to help maintainers validate conclusively if there is damage present and additionally, which specific component(s) are damaged within the gearbox.