TAE wins aerospace award for wearable technology developed in Australia
The award was presented to TAE - the leading provider of turbine engine Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) services in Australasia - at the Avalon Airshow on 1 March 2017.
TAE’s Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Sanderson, said fountx could potentially save the industry tens of millions of dollars each year in maintenance downtime and associated costs. TAE, which is based at Amberley, worked with CSIRO to evolve the technology and develop it into a product in Australia. It will be ready for market in the coming months and will be sold to the aviation, aerospace and defence industries world-wide.
The hands-free system uses a wearable computer with a helmet-mounted camera and a near-eye display to allow users to interact in real time. Technicians can be remotely connected with aviation experts who then provide guidance via a pair of virtual hands. This means companies can undertake aircraft and engine repairs without having to fly in specialists.
The near-eye display provides a shared visual space, so using the system is like having the expert in the room even if they are in another state or country. With fountx, the expert and the technician share the same view, assisting technicians with a range of skill levels to perform maintenance tasks quickly and safely.
The product could have significant benefits for airlines, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), MRO companies and defence operators. Benefits include: fewer flight delays, less need to send specialists to site for low-level issues and a reduced need to remove engines or components from aircraft that are deployed or in transit, Mr Sanderson said.
TAE’s Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Sanderson, at Avalon 2017 with the
Aerospace Australian Civil Industry Innovation award and fountx display
TAE employee wearing award-winning fountx
(Photo courtesy TAE)