Press: IFDIS Voted 2010 DOD Great Ideas Competition Winner





IFDIS™ Voted “Great Ideas” Competition Winner

at the

2010 Department of Defense Maintenance Symposium


November 16, 2010: Universal Synaptics Corp. announced today that the Intermittent Fault Detection & Isolation System (IFDIS™) has been selected as the Great Ideas Competition winner at the 2010 Department of Defense Maintenance Symposium and Exhibition. The DoD Maintenance Symposium and Exhibition is the premier annual event for DoD maintainers and their industry counterparts.

The Great Ideas Competition provides a forum for the sharing of new and innovative ideas relative to maintenance technologies and processes. Universal Synaptics Corp was one of six finalists selected from all eligible Great Ideas submissions for the opportunity of participating in the competition.

Participants in this year’s Great Ideas Competition included Penn State’s Applied Research Laboratory, StandardAero, the Michigan Research Institute, GFM, the Boeing Company and Universal Synaptics Corporation.

“All the participants in this year’s Great Ideas Competition did an excellent job presenting their ideas and technological achievements” said Ken Anderson, Universal Synaptics Vice President of Sales & Business Development. “To be voted as the winner is an honor. The recognition of the Intermittent Fault Detection & Isolation System from our peers in the Department of Defense maintenance community as a real and viable solution to reduce NFF and improve system reliability is as significant as it is gratifying. This is a great win for Universal Synaptics and all the IFDIS™ team members from prime contractor, Total Quality Systems and Hill Air Force Base."


"Since 1996, Universal Synaptics Corporation, based in Ogden, UT., has been an industry leader in detecting and isolating elusive intermittent faults, and spent years in the "trenches" researching and solving complex diagnostic and testing problems. Their research into the primary root causes of intermittent / No Fault Found (NFF) problems and the massive digital testing void that exists today with conventional scanning test equipment, led to the development of the patented Intermittent Fault Detector (IFD™), hardware neural network and all-lines-all-the-time wiring / circuit analyzer test solutions.

For more information, please contact Universal Synaptics (801) 731-8508


Additional information regarding the Intermittent Fault Detection & Isolation System (IFDIS™)

At the heart of the IFDIS™ is patented* state of the art intermittent fault detection circuitry from Universal Synaptics which continuously and simultaneously monitors every single electrical path in the chassis, while the UUT is exposed to the simulated operational environment.  The IFD™, intermittent fault detector’s analog neural network circuitry will detect and isolate when any intermittent event, as short as *50 nanoseconds (0.00000005 seconds), occurs in any chassis circuit, and it identifies and logs in which circuit the intermittent event occurred.  In addition to detecting and isolating intermittent faults, the IFDIS will also automatically interrogate and store the as-designed wiring configuration for a good unit and then based on that “gold” configuration, detect any open, short, ohmic, impedance, drift or miswiring problem in subsequent tested UUTs.

The IFDIS™ includes an environmental chamber capable of subjecting a Unit Under Test (UUT) to a thermal environment of -100 degrees F to 350 degrees F in a precisely controlled manner.  A 2,205 lbf vibration platform with a 2 inch peak to peak displacement and 78 inch / second velocity that includes a trunnion mounting, 13 inch diameter table, degauss coil, active suspension system and cooling blower with a 12 foot flex duct.

The IFDIS™ also includes custom Interface Test Adaptation (ITA) which electrically connects the IFD™ circuitry to all the chassis connections.  The ITA includes Form, Fit & Interface replicas of the UUT electronic modules.  Tying the system together is a master control PC, color laser printer, uninterruptable power supplies, a shaker expander head, hardware to interface the shaker and chamber, interconnecting wiring, miscellaneous hardware, and master control software which includes UUT configuration and environmental stress profiles.

Installed in 256 test point modules increments, the IFDIS™ test range expandability is virtually unlimited.

*Intermittent fault detection specifications measured using Hewlett-Packard 8111A Pulse/Function Generator

**Patented, with additional U.S and foreign patents pending.

For more information, please contact Ken Anderson at Universal Synaptics:

801-731-8508  #1

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