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AUTOTESTCON '88. IEEE International Automatic Testing Conference, Futuretest. Symposium Proceedings

4-6 Oct. 1988

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  • AUTOTESTCON '88 Symposium Proceedings: Futuretest . IEEE International Automatic Testing Conference (Cat. No.88CH2575-9)

    Publication Year: 1988
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  • Convergence of two-level maintenance (military systems)

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):21 - 24
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    The major supportability issue facing the US Department of Defense in the 1990s is increased operational availability of weapon platforms while reducing the logistic pipeline. The systems engineering methodology is discussed, along with a transition plan for existing systems that converges on two levels of maintenance. The proposed approach is top-down and structured for supportability through the... View full abstract»

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  • An embedded expert system for portable ATE

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):155 - 159
    Cited by:  Papers (3)  |  Patents (3)
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    By embedding an expert system into portable automatic test equipment (ATE) the sophistication and capability of the testing system was increased while maintaining the compactness of the portable ATE. The results of this effort are presented, and include reductions in both the number and size of fault ambiguity sets, and the ability of the system to detect and isolate multiple faults. By combining ... View full abstract»

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  • VXIbus instrumentation-using tomorrow's technology today with existing IEEE-488 instruments and controllers

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):321 - 324
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    The VXIbus architecture is reviewed, along with the history and current status of the VXIbus specification. How VXIbus instruments relate to the existing IEEE-488 (GPIB) instrumentation standard through an interface board that links the two technologies together is described. By understanding the fundamental VXIbus concepts and how they relate to familiar GPIB concepts, the ATE (automatic test equ... View full abstract»

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  • DoD initiatives in the automation of the testability/diagnostic design process

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):9 - 13
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    The automation requirements for improving weapon-system diagnostic capability and the steps that the US Department of Defense is taking to meet these requirements are described. Requirements for automation, Department of Defense programs, and a joint-service diagnostic design workstation are described View full abstract»

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  • Dynamic testing of frequency agile transceivers

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):305 - 308
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    New radio transceiver systems pose a measurement challenge to manufacturers and end users alike because many of the system parameters are different from those of previous-generation tactical radios, and test equipment to verify these parameters has not been available. Using dynamic testing of frequency-agile transceivers, the authors identify the important new system parameters, show how these par... View full abstract»

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  • Diagnostic automation-a total systems approach

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):3 - 7
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    Diagnostics automation in the integrated support concept is described in terms of its primary attributes and their normal relationship to one another. The description is set forth with the understanding that each attribute may have both managerial and technological aspects and, in the broadcast sense, could be evaluated from the standpoint of how it contributes to the resolution of chronic support... View full abstract»

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  • ATE power innovation for the 90's

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):301 - 302
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    Novel technologies in automatic test equipment (ATE) systems are discussed, along with their implementation in the distribution of precision system power, unit-under-test (UUT) power stimuli and how this technology can reduce cost, improve reliability/efficiency and minimize size and weight is described. Existing and proposed technology related to integrated diagnostics with embedded repair routin... View full abstract»

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  • An automatic display tester for the nineties

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):295 - 299
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    An approach to automatic display testing called the display test system (DTS) is described. Spatial, spectral, and luminescent properties of displays can be tested automatically and under computer control. The DTS uses test program sets to accommodate a wide variety of displays for military, medical, computer, and consumer applications. The system incorporates a charge-coupled device (CCD) sensor ... View full abstract»

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  • Universal pin electronics BIT application

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):217 - 221
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    The concept of universal pin electronics (UPE), i.e. digital and analog stimuli and measurement capability in each test channel, has been discussed for some years. The advantages of this tester-per-pin architecture are well known; they include higher speed, reduced size and cost, and test program preparation savings. Standardized chip sets have been built to optimize advantages in size, weight, an... View full abstract»

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  • Rehosting the MATE ATLAS compiler

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):139 - 144
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    The major modifications made to the MATE ATLAS Compiler (MAC) to host it on a VAX (in addition to the 1750A) are described. These modifications were implemented with three goals in mind: the modified compiler must execute from a single source, both on a VAX/VMS system and on a MIL-STD-1750A computer running under the MATE operating system (MOS); all files produced by the MAC must be completely tra... View full abstract»

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  • A portable miniature anechoic chamber

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):75 - 80
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    The portable miniature anechoic chamber (PMAC), a low-cost alternative to a full-size anechoic chamber, is presented. The PMAC is a miniature, enclosed, RF-tight microwave antenna range, which approximates the performance of an indoor range over the C through Ku (G through J)-band frequencies. The small footprint, four by six feet, allows for ease of movement by one person to a t... View full abstract»

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  • Strategies for testing electro-optic devices

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):59 - 63
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    A fully automatic modular ATLAS/CIIL-driven E/O (electro-optic) demonstrator is described. The system utilized collimation and sampling techniques to automate testing which has been previously performed manually. The resultant system is capable of testing existing units under test (UUTs) in a fraction of the time previously required. The system was used to test the F-18 E/O pod View full abstract»

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  • Prototype implementation of a TPS development environment

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):257 - 260
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    A hardware/software environment to assist TPS developers is described and is called the TPS development environment (TDE). The environment is based on a detailed analysis of the TPS development process, combined with proven software engineering techniques. The result is a system which automates many of the tasks which traditionally are manual, provides a standard means for TPS development, and was... View full abstract»

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  • Testing concepts and applications for the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI)

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):289 - 293
    Cited by:  Patents (1)
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    The potential application of automatic test concepts to elements of the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) program, which include ground surveillance tracking satellites, exoatmospheric re-entry interceptor subsystems, and the SDI battle management system which will be used for command, control, and communications, and to simulate and validate the SDI battle concept, is explored. The discussion ce... View full abstract»

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  • Integrated diagnostic concepts for advanced technology rotorcraft

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):171 - 177
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    It is proposed to achieve integrated diagnostic systems for advanced rotorcraft by combining the concepts of design-for-testability (DFT), expert systems, advanced maintenance architectures, portable maintenance aids, and electronic publications. Mechanical and avionic systems of the rotorcraft would both be covered by the diagnostic system. The problem is broken down into mechanical diagnostics, ... View full abstract»

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  • A comprehensive strategy for implementing BIT [weapon systems]

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):211 - 215
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    To describe the problem to be solved by a BIT (built-in-test) strategy, the relation of BIT to integrated diagnostics is described, followed by a discussion of the uses of BIT and the inherently self-contradictory nature of BIT's requirements. Systems allocation issues are described, including the multiple dimensions of BIT, the functions of BIT, and BIT external interfaces. Some particular soluti... View full abstract»

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  • MATE management information system-an innovative design

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):135 - 137
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    The US Air Force's MATE integration program encompasses interrelated information pertaining to MATE products, standards, applications, communications and management tools. For the MATE program to continue to evolve in a coherent and coordinated fashion, a means for managing this mass of data, called MATEMIS (MATE management information system), was developed. MATEMIS was designed to approach the t... View full abstract»

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  • Hybrid diagnostic strategy for an expert system controlled automatic test system (EXATS)

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):41 - 46
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    A prototype automated diagnosis system for a real-world unit under test (UUT) is presented. The system features a time-optimized test sequence with feedback of correctly diagnosed failures and a reduction of effort for test program development and maintenance. The diagnostic strategy used involves associative and model-based diagnosis. The experimental knowledge is organized as a hierarchical rule... View full abstract»

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  • A case for Ada TPS programs

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):235 - 241
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    An approach is proposed for integrating general-purpose Ada tools and special-purpose test-oriented tools in a test programming support environment. The approach capitalizes on the strengths of both Ada and ATLAS; test programs would be written in Ada except that they would use a standard test package, written in Ada and modeled after ATLAS, to implement the test-oriented functions. The standard t... View full abstract»

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  • ATLAS EXTEND, its effect on ATE system software

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):93 - 98
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    The EXTEND statement permits the rapid expansion of the ATLAS vocabulary to meet the challenge of testing novel technologies. However, it has been argued that all of the standardization afforded by the very careful deliberations of the ATLAS language maintenance committee will be lost due to the EXTEND statement, because each ATLAS programmer will be free to invent his own vocabulary. A means wher... View full abstract»

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  • A diamond turned optical system for use in field test equipment

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):69 - 73
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    An optical system was needed which would project visual, near-infrared signals and 8-12-μm target patterns into a multispectral military prime equipment. A system measurement requirement of ±100 μmrad is defined, which established an optical collimation requirement of 30 μm. This collimation requirement was further divided into an error budget of 5.9 μmrad optical fabrication to... View full abstract»

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  • Artificial intelligence: fighting the wrong battle? [Electronic equipment diagnosis]

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):269 - 275
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    Problems encountered when applying artificial intelligence (AI) techniques to the diagnosis of electronic equipment are identified, and an approach to building a useful AI diagnostic tool is given. An outline of the system architecture, which will support the more sophisticated and data-intensive needs associated with automation, is given. Improvements to existing development tools for AI diagnost... View full abstract»

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  • Infrared automatic mass screening (IRAMS): an ATE solution

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):55 - 57
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    A method of board test which implements infrared automated mass screening (IRAMS) is proposed. This technique bypasses the diagnostics portion of the repair cycle and using IRAMS to quickly screen circuit board and perform fault detection. The go-chain is needed only as a quality inspection tool. Therefore, by eliminating diagnostics, IRAMS can greatly reduce the overall cost of developing and mai... View full abstract»

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  • An overview of SEDACS: a state of the art TRD/TPS environment

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):253 - 255
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    The support equipment data acquisition and control system (SEDACS) was developed to allow a prime contractor to control the development of test requirement documents (TRD) and associated ATLAS programs for the suite of avionics residing on an aircraft. The system allows multiple avionics manufacturers to supply data for the test program set (TPS) to SEDACS directly from facilities located in vario... View full abstract»

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