Siemens and TurbineOne demonstrate FOD Dog solution using Intosite to save time and money while keeping aircraft and people safe from foreign object debris.
What is FOD? FOD is Foreign Object Debris that can get ingested into a jet engine, causing severe damage and risking lives. A common approach in the military today is to conduct FOD walkdowns, where individuals line up and walk the flight line and tarmacs looking for FOD. This is very time consuming and costs many man-hours that could be spent working on aircraft maintenance and repair.
The US Department of Defense Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research & Engineering (OUSD(R&E)) clearly understands the FOD problem. Siemens and TurbineOne have integrated hardware, software, and AI to find FOD more effectively and efficiently. Recently, we demonstrated our prototype for one of the OUSD(R&E) 5G Aircraft Readiness initiative use cases. Known as the FOD Dog, this compelling, autonomous robot solution can move large amounts of data in a rapid manner to effectively locate FOD and help prevent damage to aircraft, to save man-hours, and to decrease the risk of injury to aircrew and maintainers.