Aptima at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan
The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) and Commercial Technologies for Maintenance Activities (CTMA) Partners held its first Technology Showcase in Japan at the CFAY 16-18 July, 2018. As a result of the mature capabilities demonstrated at past NCMA/CTMA events and the potential fit to technology needs cited by the U.S. Navy’s Seventh Fleet, Aptima, Inc. was personally invited by NCMS/CTMA leaders to attend the Technology Showcase to demonstrate its Confined Spaces Monitoring System (CSMS). Represented by Principal Research Engineer Dr. John Feeney, Aptima was one of only nine vendors who traveled to this unique facility to demonstrate technology. It was an opportunity for Aptima to develop new connections, knowledge, and insights into the needs of maintenance and repair artisans at the Ship Repair Facility and Japan Regional Maintenance Center.
Aptima demonstrated its capabilities for monitoring and integrating workers’ physiological, activity, location, and environmental data to thousands of maintenance workers over the two-day Technology Event Showcase. Additionally, Aptima’s demonstration included how this data is collected, transmitted, and integrated thus allowing for remote and simultaneous monitoring of workers. CSMS not only reduces the cost of monitoring confined space workers but improves their overall safety by integrating those data sources in real-time and through the automated processing of the required forms and permitting.
By attending the NCMS Technology Showcase, Aptima learned more about the unique requirements of US Navy’s implementation of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulation, Confined and Enclosed Spaces and Other Dangerous Atmospheres in Shipyard Employment. This information will help shape the functions and capabilities of the CSMS for use at U.S. Navy shipyards and repair facilities. Aptima is looking forward to attending other NCMS and CTMA events in the future.