Advanced Automated Test Equipment (ATE) for Vehicle Maintenance Programs

NCMS Project #: 141032

Problem: A constant issue plaguing any industry reliant on electrical components is obsolescence of critical parts, and particularly of electrical components.  Continual upgrades in material, process, or packaging makes current equipment less efficient, less effective, and increases downtime.  An upgrade to the Army’s current automated test equipment (ATE) is needed to address obsolescence issues related to the Bradley Fighting Vehicle.

Benefit: This redesigned ATE system will provide additional diagnostic capability required to better maintain and sustain the Bradley Fighting Vehicle as it continues to operate in the Army operational force for another decade or more and will serve as a proofof-concept for extended applicability into a broad array of commercial and governmental fleet maintenance organizations.

Solution/Approach: This project will explore design improvements on the ATE to allow for a more user-friendly troubleshooting process at the depots for repairs to the new line replaceable units/shop replaceable units associated with the Bradley Fighting Vehicle.

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Improves performance and reliability
  • Reduces maintenance time, labor, and costs
  • Extends warfighter readiness
  • Provides solutions faster, easier and more efficiently

DOD Participation:

  • U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM), Integrated Logistics Support Center (ILSC)
  • Program Executive Office Ground Combat Systems (PEO GCS)
  • U.S. Army Combat Capability Development Command (CCDEVCOM) Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC)

Industry Participation:

  • Larson Automation
  • BAE Systems (observer)
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

  • Positive environmental impact
  • Energy efficiency
  • Reliability improvement

Focus Area:

  • Reliability improvement