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Automated Fiber Optic Cleaner for Aerospace Connector Maintenance

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
92461
Program Year/Program:
2009 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N091-040-1118
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Agiltron Corporation
15 Presidential Way Woburn, MA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Automated Fiber Optic Cleaner for Aerospace Connector Maintenance
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N68335-09-C-0286
Award Amount: $79,917.00
 

Abstract:

Present fiber connector cleaning methods and systems have a high fail rate with an unacceptable level of uncertainty as to the effectiveness of the application. Fast and effective cleaning of fiber optic connectors remains a challenging task due to the high susceptibility of communication fibers to blockage by particles in the ambient. Agiltron proposes to develop a novel fiber optic cleaning system based on a state-of-the-art synthetic adhesive material of unprecedented contaminant grabbing capability and incorporated into an established swab cleaning mechanism to produce the most effective connector cleaner for aviation maintenance. This device will offer the salient advantages of complete contamination pick-up capability, dry process without the using solvents, application to all surfaces: wet or dry, smooth or rough, hard or soft, no residue left on surfaces, good for multiple applications, and convenient hand operation without electrical power. Phase I will focus on the feasibility of the proposed cleaning system. In Phase II a practical cleaning system will be developed to meet all Navy requirements.

Principal Investigator:

Geoffrey Burnham
Photonic Technologist
7819351333
gburnham@agiltron.com

Business Contact:

Sharon Tan
Photonic Technologist
7819351200
stan@agiltron.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

AGILTRON CORP.
15 Cabot Road Woburn, MA 01801

EIN/Tax ID: 043539587
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No