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Point of Use Oil Quality Analysis

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W56HZV-05-C-0642
Agency Tracking Number: A032-3250
Amount: $729,865.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A03-232
Solicitation Number: 2003.2
Solicitation Year: 2003
Award Year: 2005
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2005-10-31
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2007-10-31
Small Business Information
1585 Marauder St.
Chico, CA 95973
United States
DUNS: 933302655
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Benjamin Ward
 Senior Engineer
 (216) 587-4750
Business Contact
 Darby Makel
Title: President
Phone: (530) 895-2771
Research Institution

The objective of Makel Engineering’s proposal is to develop a multi-tasked microsensor based system capable of monitoring hydraulic fluid performance along with data acquisition systems and communication protocol for preventative maintenance and diagnostics. Along with Phase II partners Rockwell Automation, Lubrizol, Ford Motor Company, and Case Western Reserve University, Makel Engineering, Inc. (MEI) will deliver a fully functional prototype system that combines the most effective suite of sensing capabilities from the range of conductivity, total acid number (TAN), viscosity, wear metals, and contaminant measurements. The data provided by this portable diagnostic system will be applicable to relational databases such as those developed by the Army Oil Analysis Program. The system will tie fluid measurements to each vehicle and use this information in oil life prognostics for improved operational availability, and the automated process will reduce bookkeeping burden and potential operator error.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

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