Functional and ICT Test and Profit

April 17, 2015

Test Engineering in Aerospace: Functional and ICT

Over the years I have had an opportunity to get to see how different organizations view their test operations.  At one aerospace manufacturer, test was regarded as a most critical player in the manufacturing operations.  Any manufacturing change was always presented to the testing engineers early enough so that engineering could offer consultation.  Testing and the resulting summation was considered just as important a manufacturing step as soldering or purchasing.

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At another manufacturer, functional test was regarded as the enemy.  If defects were detected, somehow anger would be directed at the test automation department for making the other manufacturing processes look bad.  The testing group would rarely be consulted on changes and blamed when the enacted changes would cause difficulty at function.

The end result of these differing attitudes was easy to see.  The movement at the aerospace facility was slow, measured and methodical.  Nothing happened very fast, but most things happened on time.  Not much panic, but a steady flow of what was expected.

Functional or ICT In Process Test Engineering – Modality and Attitude Result in Profit:

At the second facility things got done a lot faster.  Everybody was in a hurry, working late and coming in on Saturdays to keep up with the pace.  It seemed that oodles of money were being saved because they were able to skim through so many of the unnecessary steps.  But somehow there was always an emergency.  People would have to figure out new ways to fix all the crazy things that went wrong.  All those extra steps would take extra time so now the schedule would have to be revamped.  A lot of the problems would show up during ICT testing.  The product that was so obviously good just couldn’t get through the test equipment.  Some might pass. But a lot would fail.  Sometimes an assembly would pass one time and fail the next.  It was always clear that the problem was either lousy test equipment or inadequate testing engineers.

At the second facility folks would wonder how the aerospace company would make good profits while moving so slowly.  Of course, they figured it out.  It was clear that the aerospace market was inherently profitable. For more information on how IQ can assist in your ICT Test Development, call IQ today at 847-258-5598.

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Intrinsic Quality Becomes Member of Teradyne Support Network

August 2, 2012

Intrinsic Quality has recently become a member of the Teradyne Support Network (TSN). We’ve been serving Teradyne customers with fixtures and programs for over 25 years and are pleased to have gained membership status. The Teradyne/GenRad products that Intrinsic Quality supports include the GR228X, TestStation, LH, LX, TestStation Duo, and the TestStation TSR with test innovations such as boundary-scan, OpensXpress and flash programming.

The TSN is designed to assist manufacturers find support products and services for Teradyne in-circuit testers, functional test equipment and other systems. The network consists of over 50 companies offering expertise on various Teradyne equipment and programming.  These individually approved providers offer assured quality and support.

Intrinsic Quality president Larry Raymond said, “Becoming a member of the Teradyne Support Network is a welcomed opportunity for us.” He went on, “This designation is the result of a commitment we’ve made towards excellence in programming and fixture services. We look forward to continuing to provide quality turn-key solutions for our customers using Teradyne and GenRad in-circuit test equipment.”

The Teradyne Support Network is another powerful addition to Intrinsic Quality’s other strategic alliances, which include providing tech and sales support for SMH’s FlashRunner, and FEASA LED analyzers. Intrinsic Quality is also a XJTAG Technology Partner, providing test solutions and services with the XJTAG Development and Test System.

More information about Intrinsic Quality and their in-circuit test offerings can be found at: www.IntrinsicQuality.com

Within the Terradyne Support Network, Intrinsic Quality is pleased to deliver:

  • •  Electronics Test Engineering Development

  • •  Custom Engineered Test Fixtures

  • •  ICT – In Circuit Test

  • •  Flash Based Programming

  • •  Genrad Fixture Testing Solutions