23 October 2006
23 October 2006
Abaris Training will be undertaking training at US military repair depots to implement 2Phase’s Reconfigurable Tooling Systems (RTS) for depot-level repair of US military rotorcraft and aircraft
These new repair systems are being developed under work begun in 2004 on contract from the U.S. Army Aviation Applied Technology Directorate (AATD) in Fort Eustis, Virginia. The repair system implementation is part of a $2.0M third- and final-year follow-on contract that will complete development of the repair systems and transfer that technology to the military repair depots. The repair approach makes use of 2Phase Technologies’ patented state-change materials to provide integrated tooling and process systems.
Abaris’ program for 2Phase will be directed by Greg Mellema (pictured), an Abaris Technical Instructor, who will use his current hands-on expertise to assist the military repair depots in understanding and implementing the capabilities and turn-around times of the new systems.
“We will be providing training not only to the Corpus Christi Army Depot in Texas but also to the U.S. Navy’s NAVAIR Depot in Cherry Point, N.C., and the U.S. Air Force’s Ogden Air Logistics Center at Hill Air Force Base in Utah.” explained Dr. John Crowley, President and CEO of 2Phase. “These three repair depots will also participate in the final development work so that at the end of the program they will have, and know how to use, systems that will allow aging or damaged rotorcraft and aircraft to be repaired and returned to service much faster, with comparable or improved quality, and at less expense than with current technologies.”
Dr. Linda Clements, 2Phase Director of Materials R&D, explained. “During this final year of the Army AATD contract we plan to expand our Nevada staff while also increasing our use of Nevada vendors and our efforts at UNR and UNLV. We also anticipate that adoption of our technology by the military will lead in subsequent years to a substantial increase in manufacturing at our Mound House facility as well as in work subcontracted to other Nevada companies.”