Automation of Equipment/System Isolation and Safety Tag-out for Maintenance Actions

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N65538-06-M-0130
Agency Tracking Number: N053-160-0408
Amount: $69,543.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: N05-160
Solicitation Number: 2005.3
Small Business Information
30 Spinelli Place, Cambridge, MA, 02138
DUNS: 932206311
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mike MacEwen
 (617) 453-5501
Business Contact
 M Mackey
Title: Chief Technologist
Phone: (617) 453-5503
Research Institution
Maintenance tag-out is a procedure that is part of many maintenance actions that happen daily whether onboard a ship in a maintenance depot or even a manufacturing environment. Typically, this is a manual and paper-based task that consumes considerable time and effort. Our vision is to create a modular software solution with three major areas of functionality. These are 1) the determination of the need for tag-out; 2) support of the tag-out process; and 3) automatic isolation. Together these will enable users to quickly and safely tag-out systems or components. Based on our open architecture and modular approach, it can be the first step along the path to an increasingly automated process The solution will include the capability to build performance models and do time-based studies in order to isolate best practices and optimized tag-out schemes and configurations. Over time, this will lead to an even greater reduction in MTTR.

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