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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  • Computer-aided circuit analysis as a test program development tool [US Air Force application]

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):243 - 251
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    The use of computer-aided circuit analysis on the circuit board level is discussed, with emphasis on devising test procedures for automatic test equipment (ATE). The computer-aided workstations used in designing digital ICs often run circuit simulation programs as part of the software. Whether and how this tool can be adapted for use at the working level in the US Air Force is examined View full abstract»

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  • Artificial intelligence in the run time test executive

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):277 - 280
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    A prototype of the professional Atlas workstation (PAWS), which uses artificial intelligence to help determine the most optimal flow for a test program, is described. The main distinction of this system is that it automatically gathers the statistical data each time the test program is executed, and provides it directly to the run-time system as well as in text form to a maintenance engineer and t... 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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  • The enemy is FA, CND, and RTOK [avionics testing]

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):185 - 189
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    Integrated diagnostic requirements of a modern avionic subsystem are identified. A conceptual integrated diagnostic approach to meeting these requirements is postulated. Its essential elements, layered onboard built-in test (BIT), flight-line BIT augmentation, depot automatic test equipment (ATE), and a diagnostic support information system are described. Modern maintenance concepts into which the... 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Accounting for test system measurement uncertainties

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):47 - 51
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    The development of approaches to tolerance tiering, introduced to meet the needs of complex weapon systems testing, is examined. Results of a study on the relationship between system measurement uncertainty and pass-fail rates of the test subjects are presented. These results indicate that the strategies adopted for tolerance tiering on any major weapons-system test facility can have important and... View full abstract»

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  • Benefits of using ATE systems in the testing of printed circuit boards

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):25 - 29
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    An industrial-based pragmatic review is given of the economic and product-quality consequences of automatic test equipment (ATE) usage in printed circuit-board testing. Results indicated that the use of ATE systems in printed circuit-board test operations results in definable economic and quality-level benefits. Supporting data behind this conclusion was provided by the test operations at twenty i... View full abstract»

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  • Integrating diagnostic knowledge

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):179 - 184
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    Three model-based diagnostic approaches have been developed: heuristic probing, simulation using truth maintenance, and simulation using constraint relaxation. Heuristic probing uses a variety of information to determine the order in which measurements are made. Truth maintenance uses complex simulation models to compare measured and expected signal values and then derive a diagnosis. Simulation w... View full abstract»

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

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):289 - 293
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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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  • 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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  • Supercomputer applications to test systems [avionics and weapons applications]

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):225 - 229
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    The applicability of supercomputer technology to test systems is examined. Potential supercomputer applications to test systems such as testing of very high-speed integrated circuit (VHSIC)-based avionics, fault-tolerance and fault-injection testing, and symptom-based diagnosis are discussed View full abstract»

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  • Future automatic test equipment portable maintenance aids

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):111 - 115
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    The concept of a portable maintenance aid (PMA) is proposed to aid in the advancement of weapon system maintenance and support. The PMA concept is discussed along with background information, desired capabilities, and the current status of some PMA development activities. The PMA attributes considered are memory and display requirements, technician interface, measurement capabilities, decision mak... View full abstract»

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  • Automated development of test program sets for analog circuit modules

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):261 - 265
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    A system for automatically generating test program sets for analog circuit modules is proposed. The aim is to use artificial intelligence techniques to capture the approach used by experienced test engineers. The circuit is described in terms of functional units consisting of groups of components which have some higher function in the circuit module. Knowledge of the characteristics of each type o... 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Avionics testing in the military bare-base environment

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):103 - 106
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    The bare-base support environment for avionics is examined with emphasis on the units to be tested, operator sheltering, unsupplied duration, portable vs. semiportable equipment, and the criteria necessary for testing current and developing avionics. The multisquadron intermediate-level test equipment is compared with the requirements arising from the deployment of small numbers (6-10) of aircraft... View full abstract»

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