TRI/Austin, Inc. is committed to bringing solutions to our military clients. Being a small company, this requires the ability to team with technology leaders, prime contractors and commercialization partners. The strategic use of teaming enables TRI to create and bring to market a product that meets the demanding requirements of the military. Careful selection of commercialization partners also ensures full support of the product. Listed below are a few of the technology leaders, prime contractors and commercialization companies with whom TRI/Austin has partnered.
The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Johnson & Johnson, Hazeltine, Sigma Coatings Inc. USA, Ameron, PolyOne, W. W. Henry, Gilson, Conoco, 3M, Dell, CTI Alaska, API, MTI, Hughes, Fuel Systems – Textron, Newport News
Highlights of some Teaming Experiences
- Lockheed Martin – Corrosion Control Additive for Applique Adhesives
Aircraft appliques are currently under development as paint replacement materials to minimize the costs associated with paint application and waste disposal.The adhesives must maintain adhesion over a wide temperature range, maintain corrosion inhibiting protection to the substrate and have excellent resistance to jet fuel and other aircraft fluids. In an effort funded in part by Lockheed Martin, TRI-Austin developed adhesives and corrosion controls additives for use in aircraft applique adhesives.
- Boeing – Corrosion Under Paint Monitor
As older aircraft continue to be used beyond their design lifetimes, corrosion is a growing problem and contributes over $100 million per year in total direct cost to the Air Force alone. TRI/Austin, Inc. is developing a near-field RF system that can locate surface corrosion under paint and determine pit depth. As a subcontractor, Boeing integrated the monitor into their MAUS system to move from three different types of sensor heads to four. As a result of this project, a new type of power supply and sensor holder for the Boeing MAUS system were developed to accomodate a wider variety of sensor types.
- Johnson & Johnson – Surgical Glove Development
With funding from Johnson & Johnson Medical, TRI/Austin developed powder-free natural latex and neoprene surgical gloves. The patented coating system allows surgeons to don the gloves either wet or dry. The neoprene gloves delivered complete protection for the wearer and patient without the adverse reactions associated with latex or powder when used. TRI/Austin, Inc. also assisted J&J with the transition to production of these new gloves.
- NASA, Boeing, & Lockheed Martin – Shuttle Return to Flight
The Nondestructive Testing Information Analysis Center (NTIAC) is playing an important role on the NASA NDE Super Problem Resolution Team (SPRT). In response to the Columbia accident, NASA established a new office, the NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC) with a wide range of responsibilities to provide independent assessment (from outside of NASA) of major potential safety issues. On the NDE SPRT, NTIAC is working with major NASA contractors, including Boeing, Lockheed/Martin, Pratt & Whitney, and United Space Alliance, to provide in-depth engineering analysis on a wide variety of NDE problems essential to ensure a safe Return to Flight of the space shuttle.