SAE ITC, Bell, Garrett Motion, Global Strategic Solutions LLC, and VHM Innovations, LLC Announce the Launch of The Health-Ready Component & Systems (HRCS) Consortium

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Health-ready components have been augmented to monitor and report their own condition, and in combination with predictive analytics, reduce in field failures and unscheduled maintenance

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“We believe that IVHM technology will provide significant advantages in terms of performance, availability and safety.” Peter Grau, program manager, HRCS Consortium

SAE ITC, along with charter members Bell, Garrett Motion, Global Strategic Solutions LLC, and VHM Innovations, LLC announce the formation of the Health Ready Components and Systems (HRCS) consortium to implement Integrated Vehicle Health Management (IVHM) technologies.

“We believe that IVHM technology will provide significant advantages in terms of performance, availability and safety,” said Peter Grau, program manager, HRCS Consortium. “To date, the level of IVHM deployment has been limited due in part to a lack of uniform information sharing methods. The HRCS sees an opportunity to accelerate IVHM implementation through the application of open standards to promote interoperability and avoid the proliferation of costly and potentially counterproductive proprietary approaches.”

HRCS charter members are joined by General Motors and Volvo Group Trucks Technology to employ the best practices and guidance provided in SAE JA6268™ Standard: Design & Run-Time Information Exchange for Health-Ready Components. SAE JA6268 is the foundational document which facilitates integration of IVHM functionality in health ready components to meet the needs and objectives of operators, OEMs, and government regulators in a cost-effective manner. The standard provides a structured methodology for specifying, characterizing, and exposing the inherent IVHM functionality of a component or subsystem using a common functional reference model.

IVHM is an important and enabling technology for autonomous vehicles and unmanned aircrafts in addition to conventional vehicles. The HRCS Consortium will establish a multi-sector global IVHM community to create best practices and procedures for operators, OEMs, and their supplier base. This will facilitate and promote industry-wide application of IVHM technology to improve asset operational availability, sustainment, and provide logistical efficiencies. The HRCS Consortium will define registration and qualification processes, approvals and regular review with confirmation procedures. Registered component performance and contact information will be made available via the HRCS database.

Additional HRCS Consortium Member Quotes:

  • Brian Tucker, manager, connected fleets, Bell: “Bell believes the benefits of open standards to unlock the true power of IVHM. The availability of increased business intelligence in connecting individual system insights more seamlessly is the driving reason behind this consortium.”
  • Tim Felke, engineering fellow, Garrett Motion: “Garrett is pleased to be working with global auto makers to use its experience in vehicle monitoring systems to help solve emerging needs created by the rapid evolution of connectivity and autonomous driving features. As a founding member of the SAE Health Ready Components and Systems Consortium, we believe the industry will benefit greatly from a scalable methodology and combination of tools resulting in a single design language and ecosystem. Standardizing the implementation of vehicle health management data interoperability will unlock the full potential of the industry to model any component, system or vehicle in order to provide not only diagnostic but prognostic capabilities at automotive scale.”
  • Luis Hernandez, managing director, Global Strategic Solutions LLC: “The SAE Health-Ready Components & Systems (HRCS) Consortium will help build the momentum within the private and public sectors to implement IVHM solutions within their product lines and fleet sustainment strategies. This will greatly improve safety and reliability, thereby decreasing operating costs.”
  • Steve Holland, lead consultant for VHM Innovations, LLC: “With the growing technology push for increased electrification and autonomy in the transportation sectors, VHM and the new SAE HRCS Consortium offers a proactive approach to mitigate the concurrent risks. Game-changing opportunities abound for Vehicle Health Management in the transportation-related sectors and the new SAE HRCS Consortium promises to speed industrial application.”
  • Sara Le Blanc, director, Canadian Technical Centre, GM Canada: “At General Motors, we envision a future with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion; and having a seat at the Health Ready Components and Systems Consortium to discuss, collaborate and standardize IVHM solutions is another step in this direction. Through this consortium, advances in IVHM technology will enable our automotive industry to accelerate and streamline implementation of prognostics, driving an enhanced customer experience. Collectively, we also have a stronger voice to rally legislators and ecosystem partners.”

About SAE Industry Technologies Consortia
SAE ITC® is an affiliate of SAE International. The SAE ITC team specializes in establishing and managing consortia by providing proven processes, tools and resources. ITC enables public, private, academic and government organizations to connect and collaborate in neutral, pre-competitive forums thus empowering the setting and implementation of strategic business improvements in highly engineered industries globally. More at http://www.sae-itc.com.

About SAE International
SAE International is a global association committed to advancing mobility knowledge and solutions for the benefit of humanity. By engaging nearly 200,000 engineers, technical experts and volunteers, we connect and educate mobility professionals to enable safe, clean, and accessible mobility solutions. We act on two priorities: encouraging a lifetime of learning for mobility engineering professionals and setting the standards for industry engineering. We strive for a better world through the work of our philanthropic SAE Foundation, including programs award-winning programs like A World in Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series™. More at http://www.sae.org.

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