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COTS for Military Applications

COTS for Military Applications

COTS for Military Applications The Defense Department is integrating more Commercial Off the Shelf (COTS) components for military applications including mission critical systems.  While this is a fantastic opportunity for businesses to gain access to a lucrative market, it also poses some serious challenges. Once approved for a military application the manufacturer of the COTS […]

FCC approval

FCC Approval Process

FCC Streamlines Approval Process The FCC approval process has been streamlined for unintentional radiators.  Most electronic devices create radio frequency (RF) energy.  This energy can interfere with devices.  Intentional radiators are devices which communicate by way of radio frequencies (Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, radio).  Unintentional radiators create RF energy from their power supplies and digital components.  These […]

EMC Test Plans

EMC Test Plans

EMC Test Plans EMC Test Plans are important in preparing for your trip to the lab.  The test plan should communicate all relevant information about the nature of the system to be tested.  This will allow the test lab to sufficiently assess the requirements needed to complete testing.  These requirements include: size of chamber, number […]

Developmental Test and Evaluation

Developmental Test and Evaluation

Developmental Test and Evaluation Developmental Test and Evaluation (DT&E) is normally conducted by designers of military equipment to verify that the product will meet specifications.  These tests are generally performed on the component level in a laboratory setting.  Testing is conducted early in the acquisition process.  Properly conducted, this testing can decrease the costs and […]

Radiated Emissions Testing

EMI Emissions Test Failures Cost Time and Money

EMI emission test failures are a major cause of product development delays.  The fact is most products fail in their first trip to the lab.  Radiated Emissions is the most common problem and one that is difficult to fix.  This is true for both military and commercial products. EMI Emission Design Issues Application of ferrites […]

Using the tailoring process in MIL-STD-810

Using the Tailoring Process in MIL-STD-810

The Evolution of the Tailoring Process in MIL-STD-810 MIL-STD-810 is a standard for environmental developmental test and evaluation.  Its purpose is to provide guidance for the development of analysis and test criteria to evaluate materiel, identify deficiencies and defects, and demonstrate compliance.  The tailoring process develops valid test criteria for evaluation of materiel in MIL-STD-810. […]

Monitoring of Operational Testing

Monitoring of Operational Testing and MIL-STD-810

Monitoring of Operational Tests Monitoring of operational tests and the recording of all critical performance parameters has become a requirement in MIL-STD-810H. Operational testing has been a part of MIL-STD-810 since Revision C in 1975.  It refers to testing the item in a manner that represents service use as documented in the mission profile.  Successive […]

vibration test fixture

Vibration Test Fixtures – Why worry about them?

The Importance of  Vibration Test Fixtures For most projects, the design of vibration test fixtures is often left to the last minute.  Regardless of your industry, vibration testing is one of the most important tools in product test and evaluation.  A well designed fixture will provide ample rigidity to prevent resonances that can result in […]

EMI Testing

EMI Testing is tough. Are you Prepared?

EMI testing is always a challenge but  preparation  can make your task easier. EMI testing is an important part of your product development.  Successful EMI testing  of course can provide compliance to relevant standards.  It can also ensure your product is not susceptible to interference that can cause damage, injury, or product recalls. Most EMI […]

Test Witnessing

Test Witnessing Adds Value to your Evaluation Program

The importance of Test Witnessing is often overlooked by many engineering teams. Effective test witnessing of each individual product test or during a product test program is the best way to maximize the value returned on investment.  Testing can be expensive.  It is important to get maximum value for your company’s investment. If a product […]

EMI-EMC Susceptibility

EMI EMC Susceptibility – Strategies

EMI EMC Susceptibility testing is the first and most important test in any program. There have been frequent examples of product failures due to EMI EMC susceptibility issues in the news of late.  Failures like these can result in property damage, loss of life, product recall, and huge fines.  Toyota and Honda have recently had […]

Product Test Standards

Product Test Standards and Specifications

Using Product Test Standards to Develop a Test and Evaluation Program There is a seemingly endless amount of product test standards and specifications.   These documents set criteria for compliance, provide guidance for evaluation, and sometimes assist in the development of analysis and test programs of both commercial and military products.  They are all constantly evolving as […]

military product testing

Military Product Testing – It is important!

When it comes to weapons and weapons systems it is highly important that these should also work in the heat of battle – verified by military product testing. It is no good for our Warfighters if the US Military has spent many billions of dollars on military hardware and weapons systems if they fail to […]

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