Ivette Damish Named Vice President, Business Development for the Technical Services Division

Dayton T. Brown announced the promotion of Ivette Damish to vice president, Business Development, Technical Services Division, effective immediately. In this new role, she is responsible for the oversight and management of business development activities while helping clients solve challenges by identifying solutions with technical publications authoring, graphics, data conversion, and logistics services.

Damish joined DTB in 2012 as a business development executive and has worked to increase the customer base and revenue for the division. She previously served as director of Business Development where she recruited and trained a team of professionals to further grow and expand the business. Prior to joining DTB, Damish was the vice president of Business Development for Dimension4 where she was responsible for overseeing business development activities, program management, and contract fulfillment.

“Achieving excellence in all that we do requires exceptional talent and leadership and I’m delighted to recognize Ivette’s important contributions to DTB with this well-deserved promotion. Ivette is a forward thinker with a deep understanding of the complex environment we operate in and already plays a central role in finding solutions for our customer requirements,” said Nelson Cubano, vice president and general manager, Technical Services Division at DTB. “She also has an infectious passion for her work and can recruit and build the bench strength needed as we continue to grow the Technical Services Division.”

Damish holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design degree with an emphasis in Architecture from Texas A&M University.

CCX Technologies and Evolution Measurement Sign Exclusive T-RX Tester Distribution Agreement for Europe

CCX Technologies is expanding its T-RX Tester’s reach into the European market by signing an exclusive distribution agreement with U.K.-based Evolution Measurement. The latest of several agreements in recent months authorizes the company to sell, calibrate and perform limited repairs to the testers for business jet and commercial aircraft platforms.

“We are incredibly well-aligned in our dedication to providing innovative solutions to the aviation market,” said Chris Bartlett, president of CCX Technologies. “This is one of many reasons why we are thrilled to add Evolution Measurement to our expanding authorized channel-partner network. This agreement lines up with our goal to make the product as widely available as possible. It will give more maintainers across Europe access to modern avionics testers not previously available, allowing them to incorporate our intuitive T-RX to streamline testing. The addition of a licensed calibration capability in Europe is also an important new time-saving service for maintainers.”

Aircraft maintainers and technicians in North America already use the T-RX to evaluate most avionics radio systems with more than 100 different tests. Easy to use, rugged and portable, the T-RX replaces the functionality of legacy avionics testers with a single, compact unit. It is easy to upgrade with simple over-the-air updates like a mobile phone or tablet as new test requirements and standards emerge. It streamlines testing and allows maintainers to print and incorporate test reports into customer work orders, saving time and providing confidence that testing is done correctly.

“As experts at helping solve the most difficult measurement problems, we are always on the lookout for innovative, new products that will deliver added value to our customers,” said Paul Crowhurst, managing director at Evolution Measurement. “After seeing the T-RX in action, it is clear to us that it provides an elegant and efficient solution to a recurring avionics challenge. Not only are we delighted to add it to our growing catalogue of aerospace focused measurement products, we are pleased to be exclusive distributors for the T-RX in Europe.”

T-RX Avionics Radio Tester is a rugged, wireless, touch-screen tablet that is portable and easy to use with an intuitive interface. Some examples of tests the T-RX performs are: VOR, Localizer, Glideslope, ILS, Marker, VHF Com generate and receive (includes ELT 121.5 receive), HF Com generate and receive, 32 Tone SELCAL HF/VHF, ELT 406, DME, TCAS, Mode A/C/S Transponder (including European-specific Mode S ELS/EHS, plus 8.33KHz frequency spacing for VHF Com). Additionally, the T-RX evaluates ADS-B OUT 1090, ADS-B IN 1090, ADS-B OUT 978 (UAT), ARINC 429 RX.

Jim Kelly Named President of Dayton T. Brown, Inc.

Dayton T. Brown, Jr. announced the promotion of Jim Kelly to President of Dayton T. Brown, Inc. (DTB) effective January 1, 2022. His new role encompasses the direction of the entire corporation and responsibility for all three divisions – Technical Services, Engineering and Test, and Mission Systems, as well as all general and administrative services and support functions.

Since joining the Company, Kelly has been promoted multiple times in recognition of the talent and capabilities he brings to the team. He joined DTB in 2008 as a business development manager for the Technical Services Division. He was named vice president, Sales and Marketing, Technical Services Division in 2010, and senior vice president, Corporate Sales and Marketing in 2014. In 2015 he was named senior vice president/general manager, Technical Services Division. His most recent appointment in December of 2020 was executive vice president – managing all three divisions.

While his full-time employment at DTB began in 2008, his relationship and roots began much earlier when he attended activities at the Company as a child with his dad, Jim Kelly, Sr. who also worked there. While pursuing his college degree, Kelly worked in the Paint Shop in the Manufacturing Division and fulfilled many other roles as a summer hire between semesters, strengthening his knowledge and commitment to DTB.

“Under Jim’s leadership, the company continues to grow and prosper. His vision to inspire and grow this talented team and to expand our operations by building on current successes, creating a ‘can-do’ culture, facilitating teamwork, and streamlining and automating functions will lead DTB into a new era of success,” commented Dayton T. Brown, Jr., chairman and chief executive at DTB. “His strategic vision, hard work, dedication, and leadership have had a profound and positive effect on the company and will take us forward to confront tomorrow’s challenges and drive the growth of the business,” he continued.

SAKOR Provides New Dynamometer System to General Atomics

SAKOR Technologies Inc., maker of high-performance dynamometer systems, announced that it provided a dynamometer test system to General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. for use in testing starters/alternators for military remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) of the Predator class and larger. The system features a 58 horsepower (Hp) AccuDyne AC 4 quadrant motoring dynamometer and other subsystems configured for starter/generator testing and is automated by SAKOR’s DynoLAB test automation controller.

The SAKOR test system will be used by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems for testing the motor that starts the RPA turbines. Once under turbine power, this motor then turns into a generator that produces electricity for flight controls and sensor suite onboard the RPA.

The company says their AccuDyne four-quadrant dynamometer is capable of full bi-directional braking or driving the device under test. It can also provide full rated torque at stall (zero RPM). The dynamometer has been configured with 58 Hp bi-directional motoring and absorbing; line-regenerative power absorption; and a maximum speed of 12,600 rpm. The system is equipped with a heavy-duty test bench; vertical rack enclosure; and a four-phase power analyzer configured to measure the DC input and three-phase AC voltage, current and power output from the DUT motor controller (inverter). SAKOR also provided on-site installation supervision, commissioning, and training services.

The system is automated by SAKOR’s DynoLAB test automation controller, a powerful system that enables test engineers and/or technicians to design and implement complex test procedures without the need to learn a programming language. Operators can quickly configure and run tests using the easy to use, menu driven interface.

“We are proud to be involved with the effort to provide our military with the most advanced equipment in the world,” said Randal Beattie, president of SAKOR. “RPAs are at the forefront of modern technology and this test equipment will help ensure it remains state of the art far into the future.”

Gulfstream G500 and G600 Demonstrate Steep Approach, Celebrate Certification Milestones

Gulfstream Aerospace announced performance accomplishments for its next-generation Gulfstream G500 and Gulfstream G600. Both aircraft successfully demonstrated steep-approach landings into London City Airport in England, as well as Lugano Airport and Sion Airport in Switzerland. The milestone demonstrations of low-speed handling and short-field landing capability were celebrated with a new city-pair record run.

Following official Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) steep-approach certification, anticipated next year, the G500 and G600 will gain access to challenging airports such as London City, which requires the certification due to its short runway and stringent noise-abatement requirements, as well as Lugano and similar airports located in the mountainous region of Switzerland. Lugano’s short runway, situated in the mouth of a valley, requires an extremely steep approach.

“The takeoff and landing performance we demonstrated in Europe was key in the process of securing customers’ access to even more locations worldwide, saving them even more valuable hours per year,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “Our customers already benefit from Gulfstream’s high-speed performance advantage when flying, and the investment we’ve made in flight testing and continuous improvement delivers even more value with increased flexibility.”

Following the landing demonstrations, the G500 and G600 each claimed city-pair speed records, departing London City Airport at average cruise speeds of Mach 0.90 and above. The G500 flew 3,077 nautical miles/5,699 kilometers to Teterboro Airport near New York in just 6 hours and 46 minutes, besting the previous record by 12 minutes despite challenging headwinds. The G600 set its own speed record from London to Seattle, completing its 4,235-nm/7,843-km flight in just 8 hours and 39 minutes.

Both flights landed with fuel reserves exceeding National Business Aviation Association minimums under Instrument Flight Rules. The flights are pending approval by the U.S. National Aeronautic Association and Fédération Aéronautique Internationale in Switzerland for recognition as world records. To date, the ultra-efficient G500 and G600 hold more than 60 city-pair speed records combined.

In addition, the G600 has officially received FAA and EASA certification of improved takeoff performance operations on grooved runways in wet conditions; G500 certification is tracking for early 2022. This improved aircraft performance provides customers with increased flexibility and range options when operating in wet runway conditions.

TestEquity to Partner with Aim-TTi

TestEquity announced a newly-formed partnership with Thurlby Thandar Instruments (Aim-TTi), a U.K.-based electronic testing instrument manufacturer. As a result of this partnership, TestEquity will now be an authorized distributor of Aim-TTi testing and measurement products throughout the North American market.

Aim-TTi is known for producing high-quality power supplies, function generators, and RF instruments. With its innovative product designs and manufacturing processes, Aim-TTi sets the standard for producing quality instruments at an affordable price. As a producer of testing and measurement products in the U.K. since 1979, Aim-TTi consistently challenges itself to provide the best quality possible while remaining cost-effective. The company’s tagline of “Measurably Better Value,” exemplifies what Aim-TTi sets out to accomplish with its production strategies. The company is supported by a low cost of ownership with great reliability and factory support to offer high-quality instruments at competitive prices.

“Across the industries we serve, our customers depend on power supplies,” said Scott Cave, director of Product Management at TestEquity. “Aim-TTi is known for building some of the best equipment in the world.”

TestEquity says they have built their reputation as a provider of testing and measurement solutions in the United States as a distributor of testing and measurement instruments since 1971. The distributor serves many industries including aerospace, defense, electronics, and medical industries. The two companies say the partnership will improve accessibility to the entire Aim-TTi product line to engineers in North America.

In the mutually beneficial partnership, Aim-TTi will instantly see the impact of having its products distributed by a major supplier to the U.S. market, and TestEquity gains the advantage of adding even more high-quality testing and measurement instrumentation to its already vast product catalog. An array of Aim-TTi products are stocked and ready to be ordered from TestEquity’s website immediately. The current lineup includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Single DC Power Supplies
  • Multiple Output Power Supplies
  • Handheld Spectrum Analyzers
  • Function/Arbitrary/Pulse Generators
  • Benchtop Multimeters
  • RF Signal Generators

NTS Celebrates 60 Years in Testing, Certification, and Inspection

NTS, provider of qualification testing, inspection, and certification solutions in North America, to announced they are celebrating their 60th anniversary on November 27, 2021.

Established in 1961 by engineers Dr. Jack Lin and Aaron Cohen, NTS started as a small company offering high-tech testing services to customers in Southern California. With deep technical expertise—and a commitment to customer service—NTS quickly developed a stellar reputation. As the company expanded, NTS became a trusted partner for the world’s most complex projects. In fact, NTS’s 60-year history includes work for the Apollo 11 mission, NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer, the Mars Rover, and the $22 billion International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) megaproject.

“We’re grateful to have been trusted to perform critical work on many of history’s most important projects and programs,” said Ray Milchovich, CEO at NTS. “As we continue to offer best-in-class testing services, we remain dedicated to upholding the highest standard of excellence as we celebrate our 60-year anniversary.” As one of the most distinguished test, inspection, and certification companies in the world, NTS continues to stay at the forefront of testing innovation, pouring millions of dollars into state-of-the-art facilities and equipment.

The engineers at NTS now serve a variety of industries, including aerospace, defense, energy, telecommunications, automotive, wireless, and commercial sectors. With 28 laboratories in North America—and 59 locations across the globe—NTS provides expert test services for more than 8,000 companies. “We’re honored to carry forward the legacy of our predecessors while laying the foundation for the next era of testing innovation,” said Milchovich.

AMETEK Introduced the Asterion DC ASM Series: Enhanced 3-Channel Programable Power

In September 2021, AMETEK Programmable Power unveiled a new multi-channel, programmable DC power supply: the Asterion DC ASA Series at 600W per channel. In November, AMETEK Programmable Power also announced the arrival of the Asterion DC ASM Series at 1,700W per channel in the same multi-channel design.

The new ASM series features the same three independent, isolated channels as seen on the ASA Series, but the ASM Series introduces 1,700W per channel for 5,100W of total output power. The ASM Series includes eight full power output options that can be mixed or matched to create custom solutions.

Legacy 1700W power supplies typically consume a full rack width at 1U high, but the Asterion ASM Series is a solution that combines 3 units into a single product, saving 67% of rack space.

Key Highlights:

  • Three independent, isolated 1,700W channels, 5,100W total
  • 1U rack-mount chassis
  • Eight output options
  • Multi-language, intuitive, color touch panel control
  • Global 3-Phase AC Input options for system phase balancing
  • Active power factor correction (PFC)
  • Multi-channel programmable sequencing, ramps, and delays
  • Full remote control via Virtual Panels TM GUI
  • Standard LXI Ethernet, USB and RS232 control interfaces
  • Optional GPIB control interface or isolated analog programming


Applications:

  • The Asterion DC ASM Series is designed for testing today’s complex electronics, including telecommunications and commercial electronics requiring low profile, light weight power supplies with high power density. Other applications include:
  • Military and aerospace electronics test
  • Test & Measurement ATE applications
  • Semiconductor testing and burn-in
  • Commercial manufacturing and process control
  • Research and development
  • Automotive component and battery testing

Spirent Offers First Commercially Available Test Capability for Galileo HAS

Spirent Communications, a provider of global navigation satellite system (GNSS) testing and assurance solutions, announced the launch of the industry’s first commercially available simulation test solution for the Galileo High Accuracy Service (HAS), via a beta interface implementation based on HAS ICD version 1.2. During the development of the solution, Spirent collaborated with GMV, a leader in cutting-edge GNSS high-accuracy technologies.

Galileo HAS will provide free-of-charge high-accuracy Precise Point Positioning corrections through the Galileo E6-B signal, with accuracy under two decimeters, offering real-time improved user positioning performance. Developers need to be able test their devices against this new service to ensure they can optimally capture the emerging capability when it becomes available. By integrating HAS simulation and capabilities, Spirent’s latest simulation solution enables customers to utilize and incorporate Galileo HAS as early as possible.

In February 2021, the European Union Agency for the Space Program (EUSPA) awarded GMV with the contract for the implementation of the Galileo High Accuracy Data Generator (HADG), which will be the facility in charge of generating the high-accuracy corrections data to enable the provision of HAS. Spirent’s collaboration with GMV will prove a key element in the early adoption of the service. 

“The high accuracy, feature richness and flexibility of Spirent’s simulator platforms provides an ideal foundation for the testing of innovative new Galileo services such as our recent Galileo HAS capability,” said David Calle, section head of Advance GNSS Services at GMV´s aerospace sector.

Jan Ackermann, Spirent’s director of Product Line Management added: “The high level of expertise and in-depth understanding of Galileo HAS within GMV provided important guidance as we implemented HAS on our simulation platform. This enabled us to again be the first in the industry to offer a commercial solution to simulate and test these important new capabilities.” 

AMADA WELD TECH Announces High-Resolution MM-L300A Laser Weld Monitor

AMADA WELD TECH announced their new MM-L300A Laser Weld Monitor. The high-resolution, compact MM-L300A is designed to detect production errors such as gaps between parts, missing parts, over-penetration, incorrect focus, and cover gas absence, providing operators feedback on laser weld quality. The compact, lightweight unit supports laser welding technologies for spot or seam welds.

AMADA says this monitor is ideal for process development and quality control applications of laser welding. The MM-L300A determines weld success by detecting and recording a thermal signal from the area of laser interaction and provides an output waveform around which limits (max/min or envelope) can be set. Once the limits are set, the unit compares a new weld waveform in real time to identify good or bad weld. Providing high temporal resolution—down to 1 microsecond—the MM-L300A with the SU-N300A dedicated thermal sensor enables precision monitoring of both CW and pulsed lasers.

The MM-L300A features easy-to-use software for simple sensor configuration, waveform envelope limit set-up, and real-time or saved waveform analysis on Windows PCs. Plus, with machine-selectable setup schedules, the unit can monitor different welding conditions. For process design flexibility, this approximately 7 lb (3 kg) system reduces set-up space when integrated into a production line, and the sensor mounts either on the optical axis of the laser or in an off-axis position.

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