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Improve Aircraft Maintenance Efficiency and Safety with FACE®-certified Chip Detector Module

North Atlantic Industries (NAI) has earned its third Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE®) Consortium certification for the software in its CD1 Chip Detector module.* This achievement highlights NAI's dedication to delivering top-notch embedded electronic solutions that adhere to the strict industry standards established by FACE.

NAI's adaptable and programmable Chip Detector smart function modules are engineered to identify metallic particles in lubrication and hydraulic systems. They offer a dependable method for detecting potential failures in bearings and gears. The chip sensor circuit senses resistance drops when ferrous metallic particles approach the sensor and start bridging the gap between two contacts.

The Chip Detector IOSS UoC from NAI provides high-precision sensing, real-time diagnostics, and seamless integration with various aircraft systems. It constantly measures sensor gap resistance and activates the Fuzz Burn charge circuit to eliminate normal and typical amounts of metallic fuzz when the sensor gap resistance falls below the programmable FAULT resistance threshold.

NAI's COSA product line features a broad selection of smart configurable modules, making it the go-to choice for engineers seeking dependable and high-performance embedded electronics solutions. The company's successful completion of the FACE Segment I/O Service certification process and commitment to customer support solidify its status as a leading provider of embedded computing solutions and power supplies in the industry.

*The FACE™ certification pertains to the Chip Detector IOSS UoC, software that supports the Chip Detector module within NAI’s COSA® configurable product line.

NAI is a leading independent supplier of embedded computing, Input/Output, communications, measurement, simulation, power and systems products for commercial, industrial and military applications built on a Configurable Open Systems Architecture™ (COSA®). COSA offers the greatest modularity, flexibility, adaptability and configurability in the industry that accelerates our customers’ time-to-mission. COSA supports a Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA) that delivers the best of both worlds: custom solutions from COTS components with No NRE. For over 50 years, companies like Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon have leveraged NAI’s capabilities to meet the demanding requirements of a wide range of processing, I/O and communication-centric applications, and do so with uncompromising quality, efficiency and responsiveness. Information about NAI and its products can be found at
Chip Detector and Fuzz Burn Modules

NAI's chip detector smart function modules are a magnetic-electrical device that provides a reliable method of detecting impending failure of bearings and gears and intended to be used as a maintenance time gauge or flag risk of imminent mechanical subsystem failure. As ferrous metallic particles are attracted to the sensor and begin to bridge the gap between the two contacts, the chip sensor circuit detect resistance drops. NAI's chip detection smart function modules continuously measures the sensor gap resistance and when the sensor gap resistance falls below the programmable FAULT resistance threshold, the Fuzz Burn charge circuit is triggered (programmable, up to 10x attempts) to ‘burn-off’ normal and typical amounts of metallic sludge (fuzz).

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