Project Announcement: Intermittent Fault Detection Technology Implementation and Training for Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Crane Division

Electronic maintenance poses an ever-increasing challenge for the artisan today because of the limitations of current No Found Fault (NFF) equipment and training to the public. The reduced size of electronic chips, coupled with increases in their interactions and complexities of equipment, have led to difficulties in diagnosing system faults when these faults occur at the component level and are intermittent in nature.

The purpose of this collaboration is to build upon the experiences of Fleet Readiness Center Southwest and Hill Air Force Base in utilizing the Intermittent Fault Detection & Isolation System (IFDIS) and Voyager Intermittent Fault Detector (VIFD) to assess the best strategy to implement this game-changing electronics maintenance capability into NSWC Crane and then implement best practices across the electronics maintenance community.

The advanced technological capability contained in the IFDIS improves worker proficiency, efficiency, and improves overall product quality and reduce cycle time for needed equipment deliverables. Through this collaboration project NSWC Crane will realize a significant return on investment as it utilizes this advanced diagnostic capability to detect, isolate, and repair the root cause of intermittence in Navy weapon replaceable assemblies (WRAs) and wiring harnesses. In so doing, the DoD will benefit as WRAs and wiring harnesses are restored to their design reliability, are intermittent free, remain on the respective weapon system for longer periods of time, and reduce the life cycle costs of the IFDIS and VIFD selected test candidates.

Those interested in participating in this initiative should contact Dana Ellis, danae@ncms.org or (360) 782-1370 by August 14th, 2017. We encourage participation of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs), including Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) and Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs).