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Rich Ketcham Presents at the American Helicopter Society Annual Forum & Technology Display

( 06/14/2013 )

LORD Corporation's Rich Ketcham, Senior Electrical Engineer, LORD MicroStrain Sensing Systems, presented a paper at the American Helicopter Society (AHS) International 69th Annual Forum & Technology Display.

The presentation was held Thursday, May 23 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Ariz. The topic was entitled "Integration of a Wireless Sensor Data Aggregation System and HUMS." Ketcham co-authored the paper with Jonathan Herbst, Software Engineer at LORD Corporation and Nam Phan of the U.S. Navy NAVAIR.

The presentation discussed the measurement scope of data sets collected by a health and usage management system (HUMS) and the limitations due to the ease, practicality, and expense of sensor installation. In recent years, wireless sensor networks have demonstrated efficacy in structural health monitoring of rotorcraft but have yet to be integrated with on-board health and usage management systems. Current LORD MicroStrain® wireless sensor network (WSN) deployments on rotorcraft run as autonomous parallel data collection systems irrespective of the on-board health and usage management system. Attendees learned the benefits of integrating a WSN into HUMS.

In his role at LORD MicroStrain Sensing Systems, Ketcham works on the development of web-connected sensing systems and optimization of embedded firmware for integrated processing and data logging. Other contributions to the field include radio frequency propagation characterization for wireless sensor networks aboard helicopters. He received his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Vermont.  

About LORD MicroStrain® Sensing Systems

LORD MicroStrain's range of sensing solutions includes inertial measurement systems, micro-displacement transducers, wireless sensor networks and energy harvesting technologies. Solutions range from rapidly deployed test and measurement to long-term embedded health monitoring. Applications include structural health monitoring, condition-based maintenance, navigation and control, environmental monitoring, and rotating component health. Recognized as a leader in the sensor industry, LORD MicroStrain has received numerous product innovation awards. Visit http://www.microstrain.com for additional information.

About LORD Corporation 

With global reach and extensive technical capabilities, LORD has the ability to work on complex formulations, balancing contradictory property and process requirements to deliver the solutions that meet customer and market demands. LORD builds on its more than 85 year history with a track record of successful long-term partnerships with technology leaders in industries ranging from aerospace to automotive, electronics to industrial heavy equipment.

Founded in 1924, LORD Corporation is a privately-held company that designs, manufactures and markets mechanical devices and electromechanical systems to control vibration, motion and noise; formulates, produces and sells general purpose and specialty adhesives, coatings and electronic materials; and develops products and systems utilizing magnetically responsive technologies. With global headquarters in Cary, N.C., and sales in excess of $860MM, LORD has manufacturing facilities in eight countries and more than 90 sales and support centers. LORD Corporation employs more than 2,900 worldwide. Visit www.lord.com for more information.

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