IEM Corporation Awarded Small Business Innovation Research Contracts to Develop Department of Defens,
TROY, NY - IEM Corporation, a worldwide leader in the development and production of innovative sensor-based systems for the intelligent transportation industry, is honored to have been awarded a series of Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Contracts by the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD). The SBIR program is a highly competitive initiative which encourages domestic small businesses to engage in research and development that has the potential for commercial applications. The contracts are awarded in three phases, each coinciding chronologically with a stage of product development.
IEM was awarded a Navy Phase I SBIR Contract to develop a wireless hydraulic actuator monitor. This sensor system will integrate with the actuator to measure critical elements such as vibration, pressure, temperature, to determine when an actuator may be impaired or faulty. IEM will coordinate efforts with both Electric Boat, which is developing the wireless network elements for submarine use, and Moog, one of the major suppliers of hydraulic actuators on earth.
After demonstrating the feasibility of measuring by-products of energetic materials used in canister-based systems such as fighter aircraft ejection seats, IEM was awarded a follow-on Phase II SBIR Contract to advance the development to a prototype stage for evaluation and demonstration. Working in conjunction with the Sandia National Laboratory, IEM will package an innovative, Sandia-patented sensor technology, onto an extremely small and low powered sensor board. One of the key technological challenges requires communication from within the sealed canister. During Phase I, IEM demonstrated a feasible approach to getting a radio frequency signal out of the canister and this will be further developed during the Phase II effort.
As a subcontractor to a major DOD prime contractor, IEM has been awarded a Phase III SIBR Contract for the continued development of a torque measurement system first conceived during Army Phase I and Phase II SBIR Contracts, as well as a separate NASA Phase I award. Under this Phase III award, IEM will coordinate the integration of the torque measurement system for incorporation of the sensor technology into a comprehensive health management system being developed under an Office of Naval Research contract with the prime contractor.
Established in 1987, IEM has more than 25 years of transportation safety and security experience. Initially founded to manufacture and market its original electronic wheel gauge for the railway industry, IEM has expanded its core business to include a range of hand-held and in-track devices for railroad inspection, as well as optical and acoustic monitoring solutions for government and industrial partners
around the globe.