|[February 10, 2014]
Utilizing Accelerated Stress Testing Technology, AIS Rugged Computers and HMIs Increase Reliability & Ruggedness of Military Control and Monitoring Equipment
IRVINE, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
A turnkey engineering and manufacturing company of rugged
computer displays, monitors, COTS tablet computers and HMI systems
for the military and marine industry, American Industrial Systems, Inc.
(AIS) announces their Highly Accelerated Life Test (HALT) and Highly
Accelerated Stress Screen (HASS) capabilities, in conjunction with
Accelerated Stress Testing (AST) technologies. The AST testing
techniques and methods that AIS conducts subject their HMI military and
marine products and systems to a series of overstress patterns,
effectively forcing product weak links to emerge by accelerating
fatigue. Unlike traditional single axis vibration test methods or
thermal only methods, the AST technology that AIS utilizes requires
specialized HALT/HASS equipment to render the required stress - random
six-degree-of-freedom vibration and rapid thermal change rates - in the
combined environment necessary to drive out latent failure modes.
Military Rugged Display Monitor, Computer and Tablet PC with Accelerated Stress Testing (Photo: Business Wire)
While the operator control or monitoring systems are under test, they
are continuously monitored for failures. AIS engineers apply a variety
of HALT and HASS stress tests incrementally in a controlled environment.
The weaknesses of the computer displays or monitors under test are
uncovered and corrective actions are taken. The limits of the HMI
hardware solution are revealed as the operating margins have been
extended as far as possible before failure. The end results are military
or marine control and monitoring solutions that deliver the highest
degree of reliability and performance.
Pinpointing Failures or Weaknesses Early On In Product Development
Stages, While Reducing Costs Greatly Improves Product Reliability
AIS Accelerated Stress Testing (AST) chamber and technology uses Highly
Accelerated Life Test (HALT) and Highly Accelerated Stress Screen (HASS)
equipment (Typhoon 4.0) that provides the optimal framework for
effective Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA) & Failure Mode Effects &
Criticality Analysis (FMECA) for products specifically designed to
operate reliably in harsh usage environments and conditions, such as
strong vibrations, extreme temperatures and wet or dusty conditions.
Nelson say, President of AIS, adds, "With our AST, HALT and HASS
testing capabilities, AIS is able to very quickly pinpoint any failure
issues and reduce testing, repair and rework costs. Our testing provides
critical product engineering and reliability data that aids us in
developing the most rugged and reliable HMI designs for future military
and marine projects."
At AIS, Reliability Isn't Just Achieving the Lowest MTBF, it's
Delivering Failure-Free Operation
Product reliability engineering has quickly eclipsed many long standing
military standards, practices and references established decades ago.
The military now seeks more flexible, efficient, COTS-based or
commercially available solutions that deliver high reliability and
performance at the lowest possible costs. The
Army Materiel Systems Analysis Activity (AMSAA) Reliability Best
Practices guide places emphasis on identifying failure mechanisms
and taking corrective action to achieve design optimization, integrating
HALT and HASS as part of DOD supplier reliability programs.
Historically, MTBF was a critical benchmark for measuring product
engineering reliability for military applications. AIS's AST methods
ensure their rugged control and monitoring solutions will provide
maximum, failure free operation in the field.
AIS Employs AST Technology Across All Their COTS-Based Military &
Marine Product Engineering
AIS engineers use the Accelerated Stress Testing (AST) chamber and the
Highly Accelerated Life Test (HALT) stress testing methodology to
accelerate product reliability testing during the engineering
development process for their entire offering of military and marine
computer displays and monitors. AIS offers a wide assortment of
ruggedized military display monitors, integrated display computers,
military panel computers and tablet PC computers with touch screen
interface technology. Specifically designed for the Commercial
Off-The-Shelf (COTS) military marketplace, their HMIs and integrated
computer displays and monitors are engineered to withstand extreme and
harsh environment. Meeting MIL-STD-810 and MIL-STD-461 standards and
specifications, they are also deemed suitable for ground mobile,
homeland defense, and ship board applications.
AIS also offers a variety of ruggedized display monitors and integrated
display computers for marine applications. These marine ECDIS display
monitors, marine display monitors, naval rugged displays, naval rugged
display computers, and marine panel computers are designed to operate
and withstand the challenges and demands of the maritime environment.
AIS marine HMIs, panel PCs, computer displays and operator interface
solutions are suitable for use in: the Combat Information Center (CIC)
on board surface ships, combat ships, submarines, and military vessels,
as well as for bridge control display, navigation, monitoring and ship
Headquartered in Irvine, California, USA, American
Industrial Systems, Inc. (AIS) offers in-house electronic and
mechanical design, software development, manufacturing,
production and quality control services. Offering one of the widest
ranges of industrial
computing solutions, AIS solutions are available in a multitude of
configurations for industrial,
oil & gas, military and marine applications. The company is
fully committed to empowering, improving and delivering turnkey HMI,
monitoring and display solutions for OEM, ODM and end-user customers.
AIS is an ISO 9001:2008 certified supplier and manufacturer of rugged
computers and displays, and received completion of the International
Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) registration from the Directorate of
Defense Trade Controls (DDTC). For more information, visit: www.aispro.com,
email: email@example.com or
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