A Practical Design Approach to Semiautomatic Test Equipment 660704

In the past testing of airborne electronics equipment has for the most part fallen into the category of either completely manual or fully automatic. While manual test equipment is relatively simple and inexpensive, it is too slow for testing many of today's multiple-output electronic packages. To reduce checkout time, more sophisticated automatic test systems have been built. However, the automated equipment requires elaborate programming and storage facilities, and the overall cost of this equipment tends to be astronomical.
This paper presents an examination of current maintenance problems in the Tactical Air Command and investigates problems associated with some of the automatic test systems in use today. The merits of semiautomatic test equipment are discussed as a possible optimum solution to many of these problems. As an illustration, a design problem is presented along with a practical approach and solution.


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