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Wireless Brake Shoe Force Measurement System

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Department of Transportation
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Program Year/Program:
2005 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Mide Technology Corporation
200 Boston Avenue Suite 1000 Medford, MA 02155-3502
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: Wireless Brake Shoe Force Measurement System
Agency: DOT
Contract: DTRS5705C10029
Award Amount: $100,000.00


In line with the DOT's desire to encourage the development of a wireless brake shoe force measurement system, Mide will use its extensive experience on loadcell design, energy power-harvesting and wireless data transmission to develop an accurate system for the self-powered, wireless measurement of brake shoe forces on Railroad freight cars. Piezo or coil/magnet proof mass devices will harvest vibrational energy to power the measurement system and RF or Infrared modems will be used to transmit the measured brake shoe forces to a monitoring system developed by Mide for the U.S. Navy. In Phase I Mide will develop a detailed set of system requirements and these requirements to design and assemble a fully functional system that will be tested on TTCI's brake shoe test setup. Phase II will focus on refining the Phase I design and in specific to reduce cost and mature the system for pre-production models to be shipped to railroad operators for in-fleet testing in Phase II.

Principal Investigator:

Marthinus VanSchoor
Principal Engineer

Business Contact:

Botha Petra
Chief Financial Officer
Small Business Information at Submission:

Mide Technology Corp.
200 Boston Ave. Suite 1000 Medford, MA 02155

EIN/Tax ID: 043066318
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No