Tool Suites for FACE Conformance

With the latest release of the LDRA tool suite, LDRA (Wirral, UK) delivers FACE Conformance Tool Suites, enabling cost-effective development and verification of high-assurance, FACE-conformant software. These new software tool suites automate the process of evaluating software for conformance with each version of the released FACE standard (e.g., version 2.1.1 and 3.0), while at the same time enabling developers to improve the quality of their software through traceability, static and dynamic code analysis, and unit and system-level testing.

LDRA Conformance Tool Suites for FACE V2.1.1 and V3.0 include these new capabilities: Integration of the 2.1.1 and 3.0 FACE Conformance Verification Matrix (CVM) into the LDRA tool suite; FACE conformance workflow management; test management of the FACE coding standard and low-level test of pertinent FACE requirements; objective traceability from FACE architectural segments (e.g., IOSS, OSS, PCS, PSSS, TSS); automated analysis of FACE requirements conformance through static code analysis; and invocation and results capture of the 2.1.1 and 3.0 FACE Conformance Test Suite (CTS) for submission to FACE Verification Authorities.

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Metal 3D Printing

Digital manufacturing company, Protolabs (Minneapolis, MN), has launched production capabilities for its metal 3D printing service. The new capabilities use secondary processes to improve the strength, dimensional accuracy, and cosmetic appearance of metal parts. As part of the launch, enhanced inspection reporting is also available.

Protolabs uses direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) technology to 3D print metal production parts. Once parts are built, several secondary options like post-process machining, tapping, reaming, and heat treatments are possible, and quality control measures like powder analysis, material traceability, and process validation are taken.

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Clamshell Socket for 1mm Pitch Xilinx FF896

Ironwood Electronics (Eagan, MN) recently introduced a new high performance BGA socket for 1mm pitch BGA 896 pin Xilinx ICs. The CG-BGA-4027 socket is designed for 31 × 31mm package size and operates at bandwidths up to 27 GHz with less than 1dB of insertion loss. The socket is designed with an easy-to-open clamshell lid mechanism. The socket also features an integrated compression plate that retains force during various environmental conditions, and a heatsink with fan for dissipating 6W. The contact resistance is typically 20 milliohms per pin. The socket connects all pins with 27 GHz bandwidth on all connections.

The CG-BGA-4027 sockets are constructed with high-performance and low-inductance elastomer contactor. The temperature range is -35°C to +125°C. The pin self-inductance is 0.11 nH and mutual inductance of 0.028 nH. Capacitance to ground is 0.028 pF. Current capacity is 2 amps per pin.

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Conduction-Cooled 1U/2U Rackmount Servers

General Micro Systems (CMS) (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) has launched the industry's first sealed, fanless, conduction-cooled rackmount servers with artificial intelligence (AI) and mil-circular (38999) connectors for superior ruggedness in the most demanding defense and aerospace applications. The American-designed, sourced, and manufactured TITAN, a fully configurable server, also uses up to four of Intel's latest 2nd gen Scalable Xeon® processors, with all features coming together in a 1U or 2U chassis.

In addition to boasting 96 total cores, the unique 4-way, quad-socket, Intel 2nd gen Scalable Xeon® processors are ideal for high-performance computing (HPC), symmetric multi-processing (SMP), NUMA architectures, AI, data mining, image processing, and more. TITAN is available in both air-cooled and conduction-cooled versions. In addition, available “keyed” 38999 military-style connectors ease installation and maintenance, and radically increase the mean time between failure (MTBF) as compared with flimsy COTS connectors.

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Large Format Dispensing Robot

Dispense Works Inc. (McHenry, IL) offers several large format dispensing systems. The RD2500 — manufactured in the U.S. — is the most flexible large format dispensing table available. This robot combines a smart work bench with a built-in precision overhead servo XYZ gantry system. A unique design feature is the 25 full-length slots in the T-Slot table base plate providing multiple fixturing possibilities for most applications. Under this table surface, the actual machine base is fabricated from steel tubing, and then ground to a specified flatness. Standard machine can travel at over 32 inches per second and is available in the following travels: 100” × 50” (2500mm × 1250mm) and 50” x 50” (1250mm × 1250mm).

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VITA 46 Processor Module

VadaTech (Henderson, NV) announced the VPX752, a processor module (VITA 46) for general purpose processing in demanding applications. Based on the Intel 5th generation Xeon-D processor, the efficient SoC design has low power consumption and integrated PCH technology. The module provides quad 10GbE XAUI on P1 and PCIe Gen3 x16 (dual x8 or quad x4) on P2, together with quad GbE to P4. The GbE is software programmable on each port to run as 1000Base-Tx or 1000Base-BX. It also provides Dual 100/1000/10 G to the front panel, together with video out and dual USB 3.0 which can be used to implement a user interface for ease of maintenance.

The VPX752 provides 32 GB of DDR4 memory with ECC and Flash for the OS. The BIOS allows booting from on board Flash, off-board SATA, PXE boot and USB. The module has a single XMC slot, optionally VITA 42 or VITA 61, for additional I/O. The XMC I/O is routed to P5/P6. The board also has dual isolated RS-422/485 in addition to the single RS-232.

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VPX 6U Carrier Cards

Acromag (Wixom, MI) expanded their OpenVPX solutions with the new Model VPX4520 and VPX4521 6U carrier cards providing mezzanine slots for one XMC and four mini-PCIe or AcroPack I/O modules. The XMC module site can host a network communication, FPGA, GPU, SBC, or other I/O signal processor card. The four AcroPack slots provide a rugged PCIe mini card interface for a mix of analog, digital, serial, and other I/O functions. A PCIe Gen 3 ×16 interface connects to the VPX bus either via the data plane or expansion plane. Convection and conduction-cooled versions are available with support for extended temperature ranges from -40 to 85°C. Air-cooled models offer front panel access to the I/O while conduction models route all signals to the rear backplane connectors.

Designed for critical, high-performance computing applications, Acromag's VPX carrier boards and I/O modules are suitable for use in military, aerospace, laboratory and industrial applications. Typical applications include data acquisition and control, test and measurement, simulation, and communication operations. For broader flexibility with 3rd-party modules, the XMC site is available with either VITA 42 or VITA 61 connectors. Support for upstream and downstream PCIe links provides compatibility with prXMC single board computers.

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Linear DC Resistance Spot Welding Power Supplies

Amada Miyachi America, Inc. (Monrovia, CA) now offers the DC1013-T and DC613-T Series of linear DC resistance spot welding power supplies, manufactured by their sister company MacGre-gor™. The DC1013-T and DC613-T Series incorporate statistical process control (SPC) data collection and reporting capability via Ethernet. The high performance 1000 ampere (A) precision linear DC spot welding power supplies combine touch panel integrated database process control and monitoring with a high-accuracy, zero ripple linear transistor output stage that delivers ultra-fast 10 micron per second (μs) dynamic process response rates, with absolute closed loop 1 A incremental accuracy and repeatability.

Offering high-speed, ultra-low ripple closed-loop output control, the DC1013-T and DC613-T Series provide consistent welding process definition and control. Operators can select constant current, voltage, and power modes with programmable multi-pulse combinations in 1A steps up to 1000A. Programmable part and weld checking is coupled with optional displacement and force limit checking. The DC1013-T offers three-phase operational variants, while the DC613-T supports single-phase operations.

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Robot Cell

The Fastems (West Chester, OH) RoboCell One is an easy-to-configure robot cell primarily designed for handling heavy workpieces weighing up to 176 lbs. (80 kg) and for automating up to two machine tools of the same type – either lathes or milling machines. The RoboCell One has been specifically developed for the flexible production of different batch sizes including a wide variety of components. A special feature of the robot cell is an optional, automated gripper change system for the flexible handling of workpieces and the simple implementation of new components – without interrupting production operations. The robot can accordingly be fitted with single, double, or special grippers. Up to six different grippers may be used for handling workpieces in specific production operations.

A single robot that can be operated in one linear axis is able to supply two machines with workpieces in a flexible manner. Further, different products can be simultaneously produced by using both machines together. To accomplish this scenario, the robot automatically changes its grippers for loading/unloading the respective unit. The result is optimal use of machine capacity, even when orders are frequently altered.

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Robotic Drill

Methods Machine Tools, Inc. (Sudbury, MA) has announced the introduction of the new FANUC RoboDrill ecoPLUS, offering a larger 21 tool capacity and increased speed via an optional 24,000 rpm spindle. Two ecoPLUS models are available, including one with a larger X-axis travel and table size.

The ecoPLUS D21MiB has a working cube of 19.7” × 15.7” × 13” (500 mm x 400 mm x 330 mm).The ecoPLUS D21LiB offers travels of 27.6” × 15.7” × 13” (700 mm × 400 mm × 330 mm). Standard features on both systems include a 14.75 HP (peak) 10,000 rpm or 24,000 rpm direct drive spindle with precision-enhancing thermal compensation, HRV control and a 21-station tool changer. The ecoPLUS D21MiB has a table size of 25.6” × 15.7” (650 mm × 399 mm) and the ecoPLUS D21LiB offers a table size of 33.5” × 16.1” (951 mm x 409 mm). Both machining centers have rapid traverses to 1890 ipm (41 m/min), accelerations/decelerations to 1.5 G, 0.9-second tool changes (tool-to-tool), rigid tapping to 5,000 rpm; and high-speed reverse tapping (up to 20 times faster than infeed). Each are equipped with a FANUC 31i-B Nano CNC with simultaneous 3-axis control.

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Aerospace & Defense Technology Magazine

This article first appeared in the December, 2019 issue of Aerospace & Defense Technology Magazine.

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