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METBENCH Automated Calibration System

The US Navy seeks a partner to license and commercialize a net-centric enterprise solution for metrology and calibration

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 Naval ships and facilities employ the METBENCH system to automate calibration procedures and data flow, resulting in multi-million dollar cost savings and significant efficiency increases.
Naval ships and facilities employ the METBENCH system to automate calibration procedures and data flow, resulting in multi-million dollar cost savings and significant efficiency increases.
The Technology: 

The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Corona Division (NSWC Corona), has developed, tested, patented, and fielded the METBENCH automated calibration system.  METBENCH performs a variety of tasks, including automated calibration procedures and data collection, resulting in lower costs, better work flow, and improved data and calibration quality.  The automated procedure execution component interfaces with more than 800 pieces of equipment, greatly increases calibration efficiency, eliminates technical errors, and lowers the skill level required to perform accurate calibration operations.  Procedures can be standardized and readily updated to ensure consistency and compliance throughout an enterprise.  METBENCH also features automatic data collection and information flow, and calibration laboratory management features and functions.

The US Navy already saves millions of dollars by implementing METBENCH in the fleet, and estimates savings of $65 million from 2011 to 2017.  Paperless calibrations and automated calibrations both save time, further enhancing efficiency by allowing for more calibration throughput.  The Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard anticipates conducting 1,500 more calibrations per year because of efficiencies gained from METBENCH.  For one particular radar set found on every naval surface vessel, a calibration procedure that used to take one week now requires only one day.

Benefits: 
  • Time Savings:  The time needed to calibrate has been reduced by 80% for more than 800 types of equipment through automated calibration and paperless calibration procedures and data collection
  • Simple:  METBENCH includes detailed procedures descriptions and equipment connection diagrams to ensure the correct calibration setup; actual calibration process is automated
  • Military Grade:  Deployed throughout the US Navy fleet and generating cost savings of tens of millions of dollars, both afloat and ashore
The Opportunity: 
  • US Patent 7,277,810 available for license
  • Potential for collaboration with NSWC Corona researchers
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