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US Navy Awards Spectro Scientific $9.6M Contract For Fluid Analysis Equipment And Names Company as Finalist in Research Concept Challenge Competition

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August 9, 2017) Spectro Scientific, one of the world’s largest suppliers of
oil, fuel, and processed-water analysis instrumentation and software, has won a $9.6 million
contract from the U.S. Navy to provide fluid analysis equipment and support. In another
recognition, the Office of Naval Research named Spectro personnel as finalists for proposing a
portable fluid analysis system in a Concept Challenge competition aimed at developing
innovative ideas to support the Navy and Marine Corps of the future.

Under the contract with the Naval Air Warfare Center, Aircraft Division (NAWCAD), Spectro will
manufacture, test and deliver up to 69 model M-N/W SpectrOil RDE spectrometers to replace
and upgrade the Navy and Marine Corp’s oil analysis programs. Technical data, logistics
support documents, initial consumables, and maintenance kits/parts will be included. The
atomic emission rotrode M-N/W SpectrOil spectrometer is the only oil elemental analyzer
approved by the US Department of Defense (DoD) Joint Oil Analysis Program (JOAP). It is a
compact, rugged, transportable and easy-to- use spectrometer designed to detect and measure
metals, contaminants and additives in lubricants, hydraulic fluids and coolants. Accurate, on-
site fluid analysis facilitates establishment of proactive maintenance programs and protects
crucial mechanical assets from unanticipated failure.

Separately, in recognition of Spectro’s response to a call from Chief of Naval Research (CNR)
Rear Admiral David J. Hahn for innovative ideas on how to keep naval ships, aircraft and
personnel at peak readiness, Spectro Vice President of Government Programs Robert Yurko
and Chief Technology Officer Dr. Patrick Henning were named finalists for their work in the
“Enhancement of a Portable Comprehensive Condition Based Maintenance (CBM) Tool for
Aviation Fluid Analysis.”


Mr. Yurko and Dr. Henning join representatives of eight other organizations as finalists in the
CNR Concept Challenge. The variety of ideas generated will be applied to benefit the Navy
and other branches of the armed services.

Spectro has collaborated closely with the armed services for more than 30 years, working
initially with the DoD and JOAP on early versions of SpectrOil technology. Mr. Yurko said, “The
contract from NAWCAD confirms that the US Navy places a high value on the quality, reliability
and support provided by Spectro fluid analysis technology as it ensures the availability and
flight safety of critical aviation assets.” Regarding his and Dr. Henning’s selection as CNR
Concept Challenge finalists, Mr. Yurko added, “This recognition illustrates Spectro’s
longstanding and continuing commitment to developing advanced technology solutions for
maintainers of aviation platforms as well as equipment across the entire U.S. armed forces.”



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