Advanced Circuit Board Repair to Improve Reliability and Maintenance of Electronic Systems

NCMS Project #: 142160

Problem: Circuit board failure can occur for several reasons, with the result being a product that no longer functions properly.  Since circuit boards are used in many electronics, such as wearables, airplane components, satellites, and medical devices, it is crucial that failures are identified quickly, and the appropriate action is taken to determine repair options.  The complexity of the circuit board design and manufacturing processes means there are numerous opportunities for failures to arise.

Benefit: The completion of this project will serve as a proof of concept for diagnosing and repairing faulty circuit cards by advancing the state of the art in commercial circuit card diagnosis and repair activities.  Project deliverables will demonstrate and encourage new and innovative technologies and processes, with the focus on advancement of diagnosis and repair of faulty and/or damaged circuit cards.

Solution/Approach: The intent of this initiative is to advance the state of the art in circuit board diagnosis and repair technologies and processes to improve the maintenance and sustainment of electronics systems.  Using the Bradley Fighting Vehicle Turret Processing Unit (TPU) as a surrogate, new advanced technologies and processes will be demonstrated to diagnose circuit card failures, determine maintenance options, and repair the circuit cards back to operational status more effectively and efficiently.

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Increase weapons system and warfighter readiness 
  • Improve core maintenance and supply chain systems 
  • Provide obsolescence mitigation 
  • Reduce maintenance downtime and costs 

DOD Participation:

  • Program Executive Office, Ground Combat Systems 
  • Project Manager, Mounted Armored Vehicles 
  • Product Manager, Bradley Fighting Vehicle 

Industry Participation:

  • US Technologies
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

  • Cost savings
  • Repair turn-around time
  • Maintenance avoidance and reliability
  • Obsolescence management and continued maintenance capability
  • Positive environmental impact
  • Improved readiness
  • Reliability improvement

Focus Area:

  • Enhanced inspection