HBM nCode Federal LLC Awarded Contract

August 23, 2012

The subcontract from QinetiQ is part of a condition-based maintenance pilot program for U.S. Army TACOM vehicles.

SOUTHFIELD, MI -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- HBM nCode Federal LLC, a provider of data analysis, durability and performance evaluation and operational monitoring services, announced that it has been awarded a subcontract from QinetiQ North America (QNA) for a pilot program involving new maintenance methodologies. The subcontract is part of QNA's three-year contract, estimated to be worth $17 million, for supporting the Maintenance Planning and Execution Division of the U.S. Army TACOM Integrated Logistics Support Center (ILSC). Supporting QNA, HBM nCode Federal LLC will analyze field data collected on 2,000 Army tactical vehicles to provide actionable information to define cost savings in operations and maintenance of the vehicles under a Condition Based Maintenance (CBM) program.

CBM will help to optimize Department of Defense maintenance programs. Under a CBM program, maintenance is only performed when there is evidence of need—thus offering the potential for large cost avoidance and time savings—decreasing false alarms, preventing unnecessary maintenance and improving operational readiness and mission reliability.

CBM is based on real-time assessments of equipment conditions obtained from embedded or external sensors and measurement equipment. HBM nCode Federal LLC's will use nCode commercial analytical software to convert the raw sensor data into information identifying potential efficiencies in the maintenance processes to increase readiness, improve life cycle fleet management and improve operational knowledge for future vehicle design and evaluation. The software supports predictive maintenance planning, comparing field performance characteristics to system performance requirements. "We have been working with the United States Army for nearly ten years to configure and deliver solutions to measure, analyze and manage operational usage data for vehicles and equipment. We are very pleased to be part of the team for this new initiative and look forward to adding further value in the future," commented Brian Dabell, President of HBM nCode Federal LLC.

About HBM nCode Federal LLC
HBM nCode Federal LLC, a subsidiary of HBM, Inc., delivers expertise in test & measurement, product design, and operational monitoring, including CAE durability prediction and fatigue analysis. nCode is the commercially available software by HBM used to perform advanced durability and data analysis - its technologies help customers understand product performance, accelerate product development and improve design. The power and ease of use of nCode software and technologies is a direct result of its world-class development process, expertise and in-depth experience of a broad range of industries including aerospace, automotive, off highway, defense, and wind energy.

About QinetiQ North America
QinetiQ North America (QNA) is a subsidiary of QinetiQ Group plc, the FTSE250 company listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE:QQ.L). Operating in North America, QNA delivers world-class technology, responsive services, and innovative solutions for global markets, focusing on US government and commercial customers. Its engineers, scientists and other professionals deliver high quality products and services that leverage detailed mission knowledge and proven, reliable tools and methodologies to meet the rapidly changing demands of national defense, homeland security and information assurance customers. QNA is headquartered in McLean, VA.

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