NASA Technology Transfer Opportunity: Crimping Tool for Safe and Efficient Critical Wiring Needs

Status Report From: Langley Research Center
Posted: Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Synopsis - Apr 16, 2012

General Information

Solicitation Number: N/A
Reference Number: TTO0989
Posted Date: Apr 16, 2012
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Apr 16, 2012
Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No
Original Response Date: Dec 31, 2012
Current Response Date: Dec 31, 2012
Classification Code: 99 -- Miscellaneous
NAICS Code: 927110
Set-Aside Code:

Contracting Office Address

NASA/Langley Research Center, Mail Stop 12, Industry Assistance Office, Hampton, VA 23681-0001


NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA solicits interest from companies interested in obtaining license rights to commercialize, manufacture and market the following technology. License rights may be issued on an exclusive or nonexclusive basis and may include specific fields of use.


NASA Langley researchers have developed an enhanced crimp tool that provides real-time verification of wire-crimp integrity while the crimp is being formed. The tool nondestructively tests crimp connection quality in aircraft and other critical wiring systems. Modern commercial aircraft rely on thousands of crimped wire terminations for critical communication, navigation, control, and electrical power distribution systems. Wiring crimp failures can be a threat to aircraft safety and may lead to a loss of critical functions or an onboard fire. In addition to the safety concerns, diagnosing and repairing poor crimp connections is costly. By enabling an efficient way to directly test all crimps as they are made, the new tool improves quality control and reduces the risks of failure.

To express interest in this opportunity, please respond to Sean Sullivan, Research Triangle International (RTI), at: NASA Langley Research Center, Strategic Relationships Office (SRSO), 17 West Taylor St., Mail Stop 218, Building 1212, Room 110 Hampton, Virginia, E-mail:, or phone: 757-864-5055. Please indicate the date and title of the FBO notice and include your company and contact information.

RTI is responsible for aggregating and acknowledging all responses. These responses are provided to members of NASA Langley's Innovative Partnerships Office within the SRO for the purpose of promoting public awareness of our technology products, and conducting preliminary market research to determine public interest in and potential for future licensing opportunities. If direct licensing interest results from this posting, SRO will follow the formal licensing process of posting in the Federal Register as required. No follow-on procurement is expected to result from responses to this Notice.

Point of Contact

Name: Sean Sullivan
Title: Media Specialist
Phone: 757-864-5055
Fax: 757-864-8101

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