IDoD_Logontermittent Fault Detection was successfully selected as the clear winner of the US DoD’s 2010 Great Maintenance Ideas competition, beating over 300 other competitors in a vote of over 1500 senior DoD staff at their annual Maintenance Symposium in Tampa, Florida, on 15th Nov 2010. The top place was awarded in recognition of the Intermittent Fault Detection & Isolation System’s vast contribution to increasing F-16 avionics availability and reducing maintenance costs.

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The whole Copernicus Technology Ltd team is delighted at the news of this award, which is totally deserved by our colleagues at Universal Synaptics Corporation (USC), manufacturers of the ground-breaking NcompassTM Intermittent Fault Detection equipment. To read USC’s own press release, click here

Intermittent Fault Detection: Saving the USAF millions of dollars…
 
The USAF is keeping F-16 ageing aircraft fleets flying and, at the same time, is saving money and keeping obsolescence at arm’s length.  It sounds too good to be true, but this is story continues to grow and grow every day at the 523rd Electronics Maintenance Squadron (Avionics) at Hill Air Force Base in Utah.
 
"We had a large number of boxes, I would say 70-plus that found their way into a holding cell where they were tested by the Air Force technicians," said Chris Tatro, 523rd Electronics Maintenance Squadron (Radio Frequency Shop) electronics technician. "They threw every part at them they could, they did everything to their best knowledge, trying to troubleshoot them and found it had nothing to do with them - the box itself had those problems internally."
 
$2 million a year was devoted to maintenance of the AN/APG-68 Radar’s Modular Low Power Radio Frequency (MLPRF) units - including costs of as much as $30,000 for replacement ribbon cables.  Consequently, the Base wanted to tackle the growing cost of these No Fault Found and Intermittent Fault problems and so they began looking for a solution….and they found it right on their doorstep: Universal Synaptics Corporation’s (USC) Intermittent Fault Detection (IFD) technology.
 
USC, manufacturers of the world-beating Ncompass IFD tester, in conjunction with TQS Inc, embarked on a joint venture to design and build an IFD and Isolation System (IFDIS) to test the rogue MLPRFs.  The results are astonishing.  "By early November, 171 MLPRF chassis have been tested, 131 of which had been considered un-repairable; 86 have been repaired and put back into service while the remaining IFDIS-diagnosed LRUs are awaiting repair parts," said Sami Mansour, 523 EMXS director. "The value of an MLPRF is over $307,000 each, so the 86 already recovered and returned to service represents a return of over $26 million…As a result, mean operating time between depot repairs for IFDIS-tested units has increased from 315 hours to 731 hours, a significant increase in support to the war-fighter directly attributable to the proactive depot actions.”.
 
But the last word on this goes to Chris Tatro.  "It's fun to operate and to run," he says. "It gives me a sense of pride because it helps me help my fellow co-workers and tell them, 'You do this and it will be fixed.' There are some things that we just can't see and just can't do without this machine. It gives us X-ray vision in a sense."
 
The full article is available at Hill AFB’s on-line magazine – click here
 
You don’t have to go all the way to Utah for IFD and IFDIS solutions.  They can be sourced directly in Europe from Copernicus Technology Ltd, exclusive distributor of USC test technology for the EU and Australian markets.  Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
[Publish date: 25 Nov 10]
 


USAF_Saving_MillionsThe USAF is keeping F-16 ageing aircraft fleets flying and, at the same time, is saving money and keeping obsolescence at arm’s length.  It sounds too good to be true, but this story continues to grow and grow every day at the 523rd Electronics Maintenance Squadron (Avionics) at Hill Air Force Base in Utah.

 

Typical FCA OutcomeOngoing collaboration between Jim Cockram of Copernicus Technology Ltd and CSA saw him deliver ‘Advanced Maintenance Strategy’ course in the Far East.  Eleven Senior maintenance managers from a wide range of industry sectors were more than satisfied that the course aims, which included… to provide attendee with an array of tools that will help to drive down breakdowns at minimum cost while maintaining safety.. were met. The 3-day course proved to be very useful and well received in the setting of Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur; comments included “excellent value for money”.

For more information on this and other available courses, please contact any of our team or Colin Sanders

CTL at the 2010 MOD Test & Evaluation Community Day
 
The Test and Evaluation Community Day (TECD) is an unclassified event lasting two days (27-28 October 2010) which will be held at the Defence Academy, Shrivenham. This is a key opportunity for suppliers and users within the defence T&E community to come together and share their knowledge and experience. TECD is expecting more than 200 delegates including T&E practitioners, experts, companies and organisations. Attendees will be addressed by senior military, government and industry figures with a common interest in the importance of T&E to defence capabilities. The event will consist of presentations and workshops from key users and suppliers of defence T&E, including 30 T&E suppliers exhibiting their capabilities with the community.
 
Amongst these will be Copernicus Technology Ltd who will be showcasing their Product Assurance capabilities, which validate the design and build integrity of newly introduced electronic/electrical-based defence capability as part of the overall T&E process.
 
To find out more, come and see Copernicus Technology Ltd on our stand!
 
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Or, to book a place at the 2010 TECD conference, contact: Gemma Hellard, TEST Team TECC, Tel: 030 679 31643
 

tecc_logoThe Test and Evaluation Community Day (TECD) is an unclassified event lasting two days (27-28 October 2010) which will be held at the Defence Academy, Shrivenham. This is a key opportunity for suppliers and users within the defence T&E community to come together and share their knowledge and experience. TECD is expecting more than 200 delegates including T&E practitioners, experts, companies and organisations. Attendees will be addressed by senior military, government and industry figures with a common interest in the importance of T&E to defence capabilities. The event will consist of presentations and workshops from key users and suppliers of defence T&E, including 30 T&E suppliers exhibiting their capabilities with the community.

F-16 TCG WWRBehind the marketing glitz and glamour of this year’s F-16 World-Wide Review (WWR) (see ‘Meeting the International F-16 User Community’), Jim Cockram, Technical Director of Copernicus Technology Ltd (CTL), also used the opportunity to liaise with our friends at Universal Synaptics Corporation (USC) on a wide range of technical subjects. USC are the manufacturer of the revolutionary Ncompass range of Intermittent Fault Detection test equipment which CTL exclusively markets as equipment sales or as a managed service to the Aerospace and Defence sectors in the EU and Australia.

F-16 TCG

Every September all the OEMs, subcontractors and suppliers for the F-16 Fighting Falcon (pictured on the left) meet with the world’s F-16 Air Forces during a 3-day event in Ogden, Utah.  This is the F-16 World-Wide Review (WWR).  During this year’s F-16 WWR show about 200 companies had stands and presented their products and services for the F-16; there was also a wide range of contractor presentations about specific F-16 topics which all participants could attend.
 
Copernicus Technology Ltd (CTL) attended the F-16 WWR for the 3rd year in a row, working closely together with our USA partner, Universal Synaptics Corporation (USC).  One of the highlights of the show was the presentation on the Intermittent Fault Detection and Isolation System (IFDIS) given by Ken Anderson, USC’s VP Business Development.  A superbly delivered presentation, it generated a huge response and triggered a variety of Air Forces’ officials to visit the USC stand to explore how this revolutionary technology can be implemented.  Of course, this was also the perfect opportunity to demonstrate how CTL can provide the same range of equipment sales and services to F-16 customers in the EU.

Every September all the OEMs, subcontractors and suppliers for the F-16 Fighting Falcon (pictured on the left) meet with the world’s F-16 Air Forces during a 3-day event in Ogden, Utah. This is the F-16 World-Wide Review (WWR). During this year’s F-16 WWR show about 200 companies had stands and presented their products and services for the F-16; there was also a wide range of contractor presentations about specific F-16 topics which all participants could attend.Copernicus Technology Ltd (CTL) attended the F-16 WWR for the 3rd year in a row, working closely together with our USA partner, Universal Synaptics Corporation (USC). One of the highlights of the show was the presentation on the Intermittent Fault Detection and Isolation System (IFDIS) given by Ken Anderson, USC’s VP Business Development. A superbly delivered presentation, it generated a huge response and triggered a variety of Air Forces’ officials to visit the USC stand to explore how this revolutionary technology can be implemented. Of course, this was also the perfect opportunity to demonstrate how CTL can provide the same range of equipment sales and services to F-16 customers in the EU.

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Copernicus Technology Ltd is pleased to announce their support to Keith Dickinson and Malcolm Lee in their
 
cycling challenge down the West Coast of USA, from Vancouver to Mexico.  The aim to raise money for Help for
 
Heroes and raise awareness for those injured while on operations.  Please join us in supporting the Mad Duo in a
 
chivalrous Cycling Challenge.  For more details and how to donate, visit

Copernicus Technology Ltd is pleased to announce their support to Keith Dickinson and Malcolm Lee in their cycling challenge down the West Coast of USA, from Vancouver to Mexico. The aim to raise money for Help for Heroes and raise awareness for those injured while on operations. Please join us in supporting the Mad Duo in a chivalrous Cycling Challenge.  

The Duo left the UK on 22 Sept 2010 and flew to Vancouver for the start of their challenge.   They hadn’t been there more than a few hours and there bikes were built and they were ready to face the 2,250km southwards towards Mexico. 

For more details and how to donate, visit  www.cycling4heroes.com

Presentation by Copernicus Technology Ltd at Prestigious RAeS Conference
 
Managing Director of Copernicus Technology Ltd (CTL), Giles Huby, presented CTL’s latest academic paper at the Royal Aeronautical Society's Airworthiness & Maintenance annual conference on the 16th Sept at Cranfield University, alongside fellow speakers including Mr Mick Adams (Maintenance Director of Monarch Air), Air-Vice Marshal Nick Kurth CBE (Senior Engineer Officer in the RAF’s Air Command) and Dr Bill Johnson of the FAA.
 
Giles' presentation was extremely well received and generated a lively discussion during the subsequent Panel Q&A session, which was facilitated by Jim Rainbow OBE, Chairman of the RAeS Airworthiness & Maintenance Specialist Group.  Questions ranged from the issues of using maintenance data to inform fault diagnosis and to provide feedback into the design organisation, to the differences in approach in detecting the root causes of intermittent faults in the military vs civil sectors, to future developments in applying such technology to Systems Prognostics.
 
It became apparent throughout the presentations and discussions of the day that there were 2 significant themes emerging.  The first was the obvious degree of uncertainty surrounding the eventual impact of the UK MOD's Strategic Defence & Security Review (SDSR) on the Military Air Environment - which capabilities will remain and how might the MOD improve the affordability of their support.  AVM Kurth stated that there would need to be an even greater joint effort with industry to introduce 'game changing' innovation, in this context.
The second emergent theme that CTL detected was the paucity of genuinely new innovation being talked about.  The majority of the presentations talked of reinvigorated approaches to 'working smarter' by smarter use of communications, of knowledge and of people's experience.  Perhaps the real innovation of the moment is to go back to basics and focus on effective 2-way communications, forward planning and sound engineering common sense?
 
This is an approach that CTL wholeheartedly endorse: focus on root causes and focus on knowledge, but not on norms.  Overall this was a fascinating conference and an excellent opportunity to raise the awareness of the real cost impact on maintenance support caused by intermittent faults and NFF problems, and of how to tackle it.  If you want to find out how to do this then contact us now: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 

RAES_LOGOManaging Director of Copernicus Technology Ltd (CTL), Giles Huby, presented CTL’s latest academic paper at the Royal Aeronautical Society's Airworthiness & Maintenance annual conference on the 16th Sept at Cranfield University, alongside fellow speakers including Mr Mick Adams (Maintenance Director of Monarch Air), Air-Vice Marshal Nick Kurth CBE (Senior Engineer Officer in the RAF’s Air Command) and Dr Bill Johnson of the FAA.

 

Giles' presentation was extremely well received and generated a lively discussion during the subsequent Panel Q&A session, which was facilitated by Jim Rainbow OBE, Chairman of the RAeS Airworthiness & Maintenance Specialist Group.  Questions ranged from the issues of using maintenance data to inform fault diagnosis and to provide feedback into the design organisation, to the differences in approach in detecting the root causes of intermittent faults in the military vs civil sectors, to future developments in applying such technology to Systems Prognostics.

 

 

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