A Data Tool Could Automate Maintenance of Army’s Most Critical Assets

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November 6, 2017 | Originally published by Date Line: November 6 on

The Army says it is making headway with an innovative data-processing technique meant to automate maintenance and support of vehicle inventories and weapons systems.

The parametric data reduction tool, PaDRT, is a product of the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development And Engineering Center (CERDEC) and Penn State University’s Applied Research Laboratory. After four years in beta, researchers recently moved it to the U.S. Armament Research Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) at Picatinny Arsenal for pre-deployment testing.

“The issue is that we have too much data. We have had to find ways to reduce the data, but we don’t want the data on mission-critical systems to be compressed or reduced,” said Bill Ward, CERDEC’s project lead on Condition-Based Maintenance Plus (CBM+).

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