Starting in 1998, the U.S. Air Force funded a Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) contract to develop enhanced capabilities for trending, diagnostics, and health management for engines. The resulting technology platform, called ICEMS (Intelligent Condition-based Equipment Management System), includes an open-system architecture and a suite of tools to perform a full range of functions for engine health management, although the ICEMS technology platform is applicable to all types of equipment or systems [1]. The ICEMS technology is one of very few that have crossed the transition chasm in that it is being commercialized into the next generation of Air Force trending tool, the Diagnostic Analysis and Trending Tool (DATT), and into a commercial trending and analysis tool called I-Trend. This paper describes the tools and discusses some of the key factors in the successful commercialization of the SBIR technology.

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