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Dave Baker | November 22, 2017

Build vs. Buy… Or the Best of Both?

As a test engineering manager, making the decision to build your next test system using in-house resources or by working with external contractors can be a difficult one. This single decision will influence most of your future decisions regarding your test system, and can ultimately govern the success or failure of a test team.  

Dave Baker | September 12, 2017

[Infographic] Developing a F-35 VSIF DAQ System

G Systems developed an integrated aerospace testing system that can acquire various types of data, including analog, digital, video, and additional data transferred from other systems through reflective memory for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics to use in the F-35 Vehicle Systems Integration Facility (VSIF), also known as “Iron Bird.” This system monitors aircraft sub-system integration tests.

Dave Baker | September 07, 2017

Designing Flexible Functional Test Systems

When it comes to testing nearly any product, the person who developed the functional test system and wrote the test software code is usually not the same person performing the testing. This creates a challenge in a dynamic testing environment where the functional tests required frequently fluctuate. For these instances, a flexible functional test system is ideal, but designing one is a challenging task.

Dave Baker | January 12, 2017

5 Mistakes in Aerospace and Defense Test System Design

Aerospace and defense test is a complicated business. A lot goes into ensuring helicopters stay in the air, spacecraft stay pressurized, and passenger airplanes land safely every time. It’s a business full of complex elements—custom test fixtures, multiple technical compliance guidelines, and a ton of customer requirements. After more than two decades of designing hundreds of aerospace and defense test systems at G Systems, we have learned a thing or two about what it takes to design a successful mission-critical system… and seen some key design mistakes that nearly guarantee failure when designing aerospace and defense applications.

Dave Baker | December 07, 2016

4 Best Practices for Scalable Test System Development

The most common mistake made in test system development is to focus on the hardware and software while ignoring infrastructure issues such as data storage, deployment, and scalability. Often, problems do not surface until the system has been deployed in production and at that point, fixing them can be very costly and time consuming. For this reason, we will focus on optimizing the production test process.