December 04, 2006 09:01 ET

NGRAIN Portable Maintenance Aid Helps Military Maintainers Reduce Turnaround Time

Demonstrations at I/ITSEC 2006 Will Show How the NGRAIN Portable Maintenance Aid Helps Technicians Shorten Repair Times and Improve Accuracy Through Use of 3D Equipment Simulations

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 4, 2006) - NGRAIN, award-winning provider of 3D performance support solutions, today announced the availability of its Portable Maintenance Aid (PMA). The NGRAIN PMA uses 3D equipment simulations to improve maintenance turnaround time by 30 percent. This mobile application can be deployed on ruggedized PDAs, tablet PCs and laptops, and can be integrated with existing materiel management and logistics support systems.

The NGRAIN Portable Maintenance Aid accelerates damage assessment inspections, parts ordering, and access to technical manuals. Maintainers can increase assessment accuracy by recording damage details directly on the 3D model and viewing the equipment's repair and status history. Additionally, the 3D virtual model of the equipment can be used to visually identify and order parts needed for required repairs, helping shorten the parts ordering process and improving its accuracy. Maintainers can also save time by accessing the required technical manuals simply by clicking on the corresponding part on the 3D model.

"Maintaining military equipment is an extremely complex task that directly affects operational readiness. By providing technicians with access to a portable solution with intuitive 3D simulations of the equipment they are working on, the NGRAIN Portable Maintenance Aid helps increase equipment availability," says Paul Lindahl, President & CEO at NGRAIN.

The Canadian Department of National Defence contracted an independent study of NGRAIN technology to assess the software's effectiveness in conducting typical Life Cycle Materiel Manager (LCMM) tasks. The study found that integrating NGRAIN's interactive 3D equipment simulations with logistic applications can result in a 30 percent improvement in maintenance task turnaround time.

Attendees of I/ITSEC 2006 can see the NGRAIN Portable Maintenance Aid in action by visiting Booth 1149.


NGRAIN transforms the sustainment of complex equipment with 3D performance support solutions for the aerospace and defense industry. NGRAIN increases equipment readiness by accelerating learning on complex equipment, enabling first-time-right performance, and reducing maintenance cycle time.

NGRAIN is optimized for web deployment and portable devices. With NGRAIN, anyone can rapidly incorporate interactive 3D equipment simulations into sustainment applications, including courseware and technical manuals.

Customers include all branches of the United States military, the Canadian Forces, and leading defense manufacturers and system integrators, including Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and CAE.

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