Military vehicles experience some of the most extreme and punishing conditions in the world. At the same time, they are absolutely vital to the function of the services and must work right every single time. To assure mission-critical function, such vehicles are regularly inspected and components are severely overdesigned and removed after a conservative number of use hours. Overall this results in a major expense in maintenance. For example, it is not unheard-of to find that a military rotorcraft requires ten thousand dollars per flight hour in maintenance.
The ability to actually measure the condition of key vehicle components and know, rather than guess, how much longer the component can last, can drastically reduce the cost of maintenance, by eliminating the need for inspection and increasing the usage of components to reflect their actual, rather than conservatively estimated, lifetime. IEM has developed numerous patented and patent-pending systems to allow precisely this capability.
- Fixed-Wing Aircraft