Australian company Structural Monitoring Systems (SMS) has become the world’s first to supply structural health monitoring (SHM) technology to a commercial airline.
A 10-year agreement with Delta Air Lines will see SMS identify opportunities for real-time monitoring sensor (CVM) solutions on multiple aircraft types as part of a deal worth a projected US$7 million (A$8.81 million) in revenue.
“We have worked with Delta for a long time to finally achieve this extremely important company-making milestone agreement,” said CEO for SMS, Toby Chandler.
“As SMS has matured into a progressive and rapidly evolving technology company, we are extremely fortunate to have such a high-profile, commercially powerful and globally recognised partner.”
As a result of the agreement, SMS expects material revenue growth for all of its sensors in anticipation of widespread use of CVM technology across global commercial aviation.
The deal with partner SMS with Delta TechOps based in Atlanta, Georgia – the biggest maintenance, repair and overhaul facility in North America, and the third largest in the world.
“Delta TechOps looks forward to incorporating the use of CVM technology across the Delta fleet to help us maintain our aircraft in a more cost-efficient and time-efficient manner,” said David Piotrowski, Delta Air Lines senior engineer.
“We firmly believe that SHM is the next level of non-destructive testing and the commercial relationship we have cemented with this agreement advances and elevates our investment in, and commitment to, SMS’s CVM technology.”
SMS has an option to continue working with Delta for a further 10 years if provisions are met by both parties.