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  • [Front cover]

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s): c1
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  • [Copyright notice]

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  • Table of contents

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):iii - xii
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  • [Front matter]

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):xiii - xxviii
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  • ATE and TPS management

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):1 - 7
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    The purpose of this paper to discuss Automatic Test Equipment (ATE) and Test Program Set (TPS) management strategy efforts to improve support and reduce logistics costs within the Air Force. The emphasis of this paper will be on two subtopics; efforts to reduce proliferation of unique Automatic Test Systems (ATS) and the impact of technology and software advances as they relate to how the Air Forc... View full abstract»

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  • Modernizing a DoD ATS family - part II

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):8 - 11
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    This paper follows up the paper “Modernizing a DoD ATS Family” by William A. Ross that was published in the Proceedings of IEEE AUTOTESTCON 2005. That paper reviewed the Navy's CASS modernization planning, including the requirements leading to a need to modernize CASS, the goals and objectives of the modernization program, identification and evaluation of alternatives, and major issu... View full abstract»

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  • Future logistics approaches

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):12 - 15
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    Moving towards the future in government testing is challenging yet very exciting. With newer platforms, Built in Test (BIT) and Built in Self Test (BIST) are used much more extensively than with legacy platforms. Additionally, some of the old design philosophies we once put aside have become new again, and have gained a much wider acceptance. This includes ensuring systems, including test systems,... View full abstract»

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  • The Vector Network Analyzer - an essential tool in modern ate measurements

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):16 - 21
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    The Vector Network Analyzer (VNA) is a modern piece of test gear that was once relegated to specialized measurements in the RF lab. The instrument was large, expensive, and primarily used by the designers of the lower level RF modules. It really didn't offer a reasonable performance advantage that would justify the increased cost to have it added to the standard ATE system. Older VNAs were often d... View full abstract»

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  • Rapid development and porting of new waveforms for Synthetic Instrumentation

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):22 - 25
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    Changing standards and newly defined waveforms make keeping up with test requirements without the purchase of new, expensive measurement systems or software is desirable. The Long Term Evolution (LTE) Advanced, Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials Project 25 (APCO-25 or P25), and TErrestrial Trunked RAadio (TETRA) standards are a few examples of developing standards changing requi... View full abstract»

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  • Scalable benchtop test system applying IEEE-P1693 MIPSS standard

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):26 - 34
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    This paper discusses Modular Integration Packaging for Scalable System (MIPSS) being developed under a preliminary standard IEEE-P1693 and describes a benchtop application of the new architecture design. The building block approach segments a test system into core and augmented elements as illustrated in Figure 1. MIPSS defines the electrical and mechanical specifications of a modular interconnect... View full abstract»

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  • Relays fail - test systems don't have to

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):35 - 39
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    As the trend in automated test continues toward hardware standardization, engineers increasingly rely on large switch architectures to customize the connectivity in their applications. When designed correctly, these switch systems route signals almost transparently between instruments and test points, improving measurement repeatability and reducing test time. Unfortunately, while these switches m... View full abstract»

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  • Common RF test platform

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):40 - 46
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    A wide range of Radio Frequency (RF) assemblies require testing during their development and production. These include amplifiers, mixers, filters, up converters, down converters, antennas, phase shifters, power dividers, power combiners, Integrated Master Assemblies (IMAs), Weapons Replaceable Assemblies (WRAs), Line Replaceable Units (LRUs) and radio subassemblies. Though there are many differen... View full abstract»

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  • Development of a business case template for organizational-level testers

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):47 - 53
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    Interim results of ongoing research and analysis required to develop a template or analytical tool for business case analysis, (BCA) are presented. This paper provides the results of numerous queries of F-15A/B/C/D maintenance database and difficulties encountered while attempting to obtain maintenance and logistics data that could be used to both validate anecdotal evidence from the field and ass... View full abstract»

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  • When should intermittent failure detection routines be part of the legacy re-host TPS?

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):54 - 59
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    Intermittent failures are failures that do not manifest themselves all the time. The fact that they are sometimes there and sometimes aren't can make them very difficult to analyze.1 Some of the most difficult to diagnose faults are intermittent. It is very difficult to isolate intermittent faults which occur with low frequency.2 Intermittent electrical faults, as a rule, are... View full abstract»

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  • A transportability microcosm as an enabler for a family of testers

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):60 - 65
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    The paper will analyze a single simple instrument type to focus on ensuring transportability across a family of automated test equipment (ATE) testers. Transportability analysis and multiple hosting across a family of testers are important topics in advanced test and diagnosis of electronic assemblies. The ATE instrument type selected is direct current (DC) power supplies, where application of a D... View full abstract»

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  • A statistical approach to TPS transport optimization

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):66 - 69
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    This paper discusses the statistical challenges of TPS Transport. A TPS is not considered fieldable until all tests are passing. Based on the number of tests in a TPS and the inherent complexity of the transport process, the probability exists that less than 100% of all tests will pass the first time they are tested after undergoing the transport process. Optimizing what types of tests are transpo... View full abstract»

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  • Integrated model-based and data-driven fault detection and diagnosis approach for an automotive electric power steering system

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):70 - 77
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    Integrity of electric power steering system is vital to vehicle handling and driving performance. Advances in electric power steering (EPS) system have increased complexity in detecting and isolating faults. In this paper, we propose a hybrid model-based and data-driven approach to fault detection and diagnosis (FDD) in an EPS system. We develop a physics-based model of an EPS system, conduct faul... View full abstract»

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  • A non-destructive high-voltage low-energy intermittent fault location system

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):78 - 86
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    The practical implementation of a high voltage/low energy portable tool is discussed to address the need for intermittent fault diagnostic solutions. Recent results from aircraft testing are reported, safety validation is discussed and future system upgrades are addressed to support ease of use as a field diagnostic tool. View full abstract»

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  • BIT/BITE/ED/EP/IVHM and ATE in DA

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):87 - 91
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    Automatic test equipment (ATE) in the Department of the Army (DA) finds itself in an ever challenging and changing role in an effort to support the Future Force of the 21st century. Challenging in that the ATE today must combat obsolescence while supporting both the legacy and future systems; and changing in that Army Transformation is transitioning from four (4) to two (2) levels of ma... View full abstract»

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  • Improving Electrical Ground Support Equipment development for satellite testing

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):92 - 101
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    This paper examines the basic test method employed with Electrical Ground Support Equipment; evaluates the technical merits associated with enhanced capabilities and compares the relative cost of these enhancements. In addition, the paper explores the pros and cons of replacing current manual operations with integrating automated test methods. This study is not intended to be a precise cost analys... View full abstract»

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  • Development of a command and telemetry processing interface to be independent of ground control systems

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):102 - 108
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    The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) has developed numerous spacecraft for national security and civilian space applications that have used varied flight computers and ground control systems. On missions that have utilized different ground control systems, the command and telemetry (C&T) database development has been unique to the specific mission. On missions that hav... View full abstract»

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  • Cost impact of automated acceptance testing of Electrical Ground Support Equipment for spacecraft testing

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):109 - 116
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    In today's environment, building a reliable and cost-effective spacecraft is perhaps emphasized more than ever before. Sponsors are looking for the same high-quality products but at lower costs and with shorter schedules. Whether it is a spacecraft for the Department of Defense (DoD), a research observatory for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), or a commercial communication... View full abstract»

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  • An overview of the ATML family and related standards

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):117 - 123
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    The “IEEE Full-Use Standard for Automatic Test Markup Language (ATML) for Exchanging Automatic Test Equipment and Test Information via XML” (IEEE Std 1671™-2010) and all its `dot' standards have been published and are available from the IEEE. The ATML standards working group are currently revising these trial use `dot' standards to match their current development eXtendable Ma... View full abstract»

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  • Software tools: A key component in the successful implementation of the ATML standards

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):124 - 129
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    This paper examines the IEEE Automatic Test Markup Language (ATML) family of standards and some of the impediments which must be overcome to successfully implement these standards. The paper specifically focuses on how software tools can help alleviate these issues and increase the benefits of using these new standards in Automatic Test System (ATS) related applications. The ATML standards provide... View full abstract»

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  • Achieving optimum test by applying standardization

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):130 - 134
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    Over the past two decades, the US Department of Defense (DoD) has seen the introduction of weapon systems that do not meet their diagnostic requirements when initially fielded. Some suffer false alarm rates over eighty percent [1]. During a product's lifecycle, the ability to determine how well it performs is based on the capability to test and the evaluation of those tests. Different tests and ev... View full abstract»

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