Gastops receives investment from Raytheon Intelligence & Space
by CM Staff
The collaboration will also drive advancement in Gastops' revolutionary ChipCHECK product line for portable debris analysis.
OTTAWA — On Mar. 10, Gastops Ltd. announced that it has received an investment from Raytheon Intelligence & Space under Canada’s Industrial and Technological Benefits (ITB) program. The funding will support a multi-year research and development collaboration with Pratt & Whitney to develop critical equipment intelligence solutions for commercial and military aircraft engines.
Both Pratt & Whitney and Raytheon Intelligence & Space are businesses of Raytheon Technologies.
Gastops has been enabling Pratt & Whitney’s advanced diagnostics and engine monitoring solutions with MetalSCAN online Oil Debris Monitors (ODM) since their introduction to the F119 engine, which powers the F-22 Raptor, in the early 1990’s. MetalSCAN technology has been included in major Pratt & Whitney engine developments including the F135 for the F-35 Lightning II and the GTF commercial engine family. This investment will fund the development of an advanced version of the ODM with increased sensitivity and reliability.
For Gastops’ Adam Oszmian, Product Manager for MetalSCAN, this collaboration will hopefully change oil debris monitoring technology. Adam articulates, “We are eager to continue our partnership and to advance oil debris monitoring of critical oil wetted components. This investment in ODM will result in a significant improvement in prognostic health monitoring that will enable maintenance planning as well as reduce the through life maintenance costs of an engine, gearbox or transmission.”
The collaboration will also drive advancement in Gastops’ revolutionary ChipCHECK product line for portable debris analysis. Already deployed by airlines, maintainers, and military operators worldwide to reduce engine maintenance turnaround time, the instrument will be validated for inclusion in Pratt & Whitney engine maintenance programs.
Additionally, an advanced version of ChipCHECK will be developed with increased performance to provide analysis capabilities currently dependent on laboratory-based systems.
Says Stephane Daviault – Gastops Product Manager, “We are very excited to be jointly working with Pratt & Whitney and Raytheon Intelligence & Space to incorporate the ChipCHECK product line into the maintenance practice for operators of the PW2000, PW4000, V2500 and the GTF engines. ChipCHECK adds significant benefits by providing key decision-making data when and where you need it! The new version will be a major advancement in portable debris analyzer platforms that will enable Gastops to address the future prognostic needs of our customers.”