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Environmental Assessments and Mitigation of Naval Operations

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
53622
Program Year/Program:
2001 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N011-1208
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
3E TECHNOLOGIES INTERNATIONAL, INC.
9715 Key West Avenue Suite 500 Rockville, MD 20850
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2001
Title: Environmental Assessments and Mitigation of Naval Operations
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00024-01-C-4103
Award Amount: $69,992.00
 

Abstract:

The installation of Programmable Logic Controllers has become an integral part of shipboard control system. The most popular method for PLCs to communicate with external devices is through RS-232 connections using the MODBUS protocol. Newer PLCs supportDeviceNet, ControlNet, or Ethernet networks, as well as Data Highway Plus, RS-232C, RS-422A, or RS-423A networks. As the Programmable Logic Controller becomes more prevalent throughout the ship, the use of RS-232 communication techniques increases thecost of the installation. In an effort to reduce the installation costs of shipboard control system, wireless communication to and from the PLC is required. This project will develop low-cost, single-chip wireless units for inclusion into manufacturersequipment to allow direct MODBUS (as well as, other standard protocols) communication between PLCs, other PLCs, SCADA equipment, and HMI interfacesCost Reduction Opportunities Decreased numbers of PLC's¿ Decreased amount of cable¿ Decreased number of cable/LAN drops¿ Faster installation and setup times¿ Greatly reduced sensor installation cost¿ Quicker system debug and fault isolationDecreased installation of shipboard control and monitoring systemsPotential Commercial ApplicationsPotential Commercial and Military Market Opportunities¿ Monitoring and control of factory floor¿ Power plant monitoring¿ Monitoring proper curing of molded materials, cements, concrete, etc¿ Monitoring the temperature of sensitive explosives to warn of dangerous situations¿ Monitoring the integrity of sealed containers¿ Cutting tool feed mechanism control¿ Process control in refinery and petroleum industry¿ Turbine operation and state monitoring¿ Pulp and paper feedwater monitoring¿ Monitoring of machinery condition in dangerous, hard-to-reach or moving sites¿ Water/Wastewater control¿ Material handling and shuttling¿ Lighting control

Principal Investigator:

Thurston Brooks
VP of R&D
3016706770
tbrooks@aeptec.com

Business Contact:

Steven Chen
President
3016706779
chens@aeptec.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

AEPTEC MICROSYSTEMS, INC.
15800 Crabbs Branch Way, Suite 290 Rockville, MD 20855

EIN/Tax ID: 521952035
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No