Congratulations to Universal Synaptics and Lockheed Martin on their agreement to work together to help the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) solve intermittent faults. With a DoD goal of 80% mission-capable rates for certain critical aircraft platforms, Universal Synaptics’ Intermittent Fault Detection technology will be used to discover random fault anomalies in multi-domain electronics as well as wiring harnesses. This issue currently drives an estimated $2 billion in annual maintenance costs and also contributes to unacceptable levels of equipment downtime.
According to a joint press release, the Universal Synaptics system increases platform mission-capable rates by eliminating unnecessary follow-on maintenance and proactively addressing emerging issues. This new capability isolates each intermittent fault and provides easy-to-follow maintenance actions for maintainers to return units back into service. This will drastically reduce sustainment costs by keeping platforms operating while decreasing repairs and supply support.
Universal Synaptics’ Intermittent Fault Detection & Isolation System 2.0 (IFDIS2), the Voyager Intermittent Fault Detector (VIFD) and the associated Interface and Application (IA) solutions will be used to detect intermittent faults on the F-22, F-16, F-35, F/A-18 and rotary platforms such as the UH-60 as well as land and sea platforms.
“This partnership aligns our collective goals of reducing No Fault Found and increasing warfighter readiness by eradicating intermittent faults,” says Ken Anderson, Universal Synaptics Corporation President, and CEO. “Together we will define a new era of advanced test capabilities and reset test equipment performance expectations for the DoD Maintenance Enterprise.”