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Automated Joint Replacement for Superior Flightline Pavement Maintenance

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8649-23-P-0356
Agency Tracking Number: FX22D-OTCSO1-0363
Amount: $74,949.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: X22D-OTCSO1
Solicitation Number: X22.D
Solicitation Year: 2022
Award Year: 2023
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-11-03
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-02-06
Small Business Information
3130 Devonshire Dr
Delaware, OH 43015-8417
United States
DUNS: 106644314
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Brent Kaiser
 (772) 888-5706
Business Contact
 Steve Flaherty
Phone: (740) 972-1391
Research Institution
 Delaware Entrepreneurial Center at Ohio Wesleyan University
 Megan Ellis
70 S Sandusky St
Delaware, OH 43015-4301
United States

 (614) 403-2763
 Nonprofit College or University

  Flightlines are one of the most critical assets for the AF that enables the USA to project airpower anytime, anywhere. In fact, USAF bases contain over 2.2 billion square feet of pavement that require constant maintenance and repair. However, current joint replacement methods are inefficient, requiring manually operated machinery and large numbers of personnel. necoTECH will make a CE Squadron’s maintenance work safer, easier, and more efficient while also avoiding the reliance on third-party providers that require lengthy security clearance and upcharges.    We hold a DoD license to pursue the development of robotic technologies for use in aerospace applications. We recently received a Phase II award for the fine-tuning of this technology focused on crack sealing and want to utilize this Phase 1 to explore retrofitting for joint replacement. Our planned approach is to mount an automated system on a mobile chassis. It will utilize automation to perform the following procedure for joint replacement: Remove the damaged joint material Clean out debris from joint Insert a foam backer rod  Inject sealant

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