Selected Projects

LIGHT ARMORED VEHICLE (LAV-25) Under the direction of the USMC


LAV Monitoring Sensors A complete system of sensors was integrated into the LAV to monitor key equipment, allowing for real-time diagnostic and prognostic health assessment. This type of system has been shown to reduce logistics costs by making re-supply, maintenance and repair efforts more effective while also enhancing the safety of military personnel in the field. CIMS won the 2004 NCAT Defense Manufacturing Excellence Award for their LAV sensor work.
Circuit Board Reverse Engineering SMS reverse engineered critical circuit boards from the LAV Command and Control variant, providing engineering samples and detailed design data to improve component performance.
Modified Fuel Level Sensors Completed a trade study of technologies and products to replace the existing fuel level measurement system, reducing costs associated with the system. Provided a complete vehicle installation package for Marine Corp operators.
Turret Drive System Assessed design alternatives for turret drive system, turret electrical distribution, and turret control electronics in order to resolve existing performance problems and component obsolescence issues.



EA-6B Prowler In cooperation with the Naval Air Systems Command and Naval Aviation Depot - Jacksonville


EA-6B Fuselage Mid-Turtlebacks Performed a cost benefit study to determine the best option for providing the Navy with additional EA-6B Turtlebacks, and designed a new mid-turtleback that is less expensive to produce and has improved corrosion resistance.
EA-6B Flaperon Actuators Determined the root cause for the fatigue failures of the flaperon actuator, and determined a method for extending the life of this component.
EA-6B Hydraulics Test Bed Determined the effect of extending wing flaps, slats, landing gear and tail hook on hydraulic line pressure and flow. This is accomplished by using the A-6E aircraft at RIT and actuating the systems with the plane on the ground.



M198 155 MM Howitzer Under the direction of the USMC


Life Extention SMS analyzed several failure areas in the existing lightweight howitzer, and develop proposed solutions that will allow the Corps to extend the useful life of the M198.





Reliability Availability Maintainability (RAM) At the request of the USMC


A comprehensive study was performed to identify factors that most affect reliability, availability, and maintainability of selected systems. SMS supported the Marine Corps System Command's Capability Assessment Integrated Product Team's review of the M240 machine gun, logistics vehicle system, amphibious assault vehicle, medium tracked tractor, and the SINCGARS radio. We provided RAM metrics for each platform including mean time before failiure (MTBF), availability, and mean time to repair (MTTR). In addition, SMS provided five benchmarking studies from leading commercial operations, including Caterpillar, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Xerox, Otis Elevator and Jet Blue Airways.



HMMWV In cooperation with the USMC Ground Transportation and Engineering Systems


Asset Health Management SMS developed an asset health management system which captures vehicle health, critical operating parameters and location and transmits the information via encrypted radio to remote headquaters where the data can be analyzed and vehicle health properly assesed. The system promises significant operational benefits as well as reducing life-cycle costs for these vehicles.



Sea Flyer At the request of the Office of Naval Research

LEEDS® The Life-cycle Engineering and Economic Decision System (LEEDS®) was implemented on the Sea Flyer oceanographic research vessel. LEEDS® manages life-cycle technology insertions; monitors system performance, maintenance and logistics demands; and aids in the design of new systems for higher performance levels and lower life-cycle costs.


SES Conversion In cooperation with the Office of Naval Research


Remanufacturing SMS developed the processes and technologies required to assess the feasibility of converting a Surface Effect Ship (SES) to a vessel utilizing a SLICE hull form. In order to attach the four pods of the SLICE hull to the existing SES, the SMS Team conducted extensive analyses of both the ship and pod structures. The Team used solid modeling programs to predict how the ship would react to the additional stresses created by the new hull form and recommended the appropriate modifications to counter those stresses. The converted SES provided ONR with an experimental vehicle to evaluate SLICE technology at less than one-fourth of the cost of an equivalent new ship.




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