Press: Maintenance Technology Challenge Finalist





2012 Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD)

Maintenance Technology Challenge Finalist


Ogden, Utah.  April 2012 – Universal Synaptics Corp. announces that the Intermittent Fault Detection & Isolation System (IFDIS) was selected as a Top 5 Finalist in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Maintenance Technology Challenge.  The Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Maintenance, Mr. John Johns, issued the 2012 Maintenance Technology Challenge which was designed to introduce new technologies to DoD’s maintenance facilities that will help sustain material availability at reduced cost.  Mr. Johns tapped the Commercial Technologies for Maintenance Activities (CTMA) to administer the $100,000 challenge.  The CTMA Program is a unique collaboration between OSD and the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS).  Mr. Johns sees this as “a unique opportunity to drive innovation and maintenance technology insertion by leveraging the strong track record of the CTMA program and partnership with NCMS.”  He has also emphasized “the need of bringing new, but proven, technologies from the commercial sector into DoD maintenance as a key element of a multi-pronged strategy to continue to produce the levels of materiel readiness required by our military forces, but at a substantially reduced cost.”

“We are looking for projects that demonstrate strong benefits not only to the DoD but to industry as well,” states Dr. Chuck Ryan, NCMS Vice President and co-director of the CTMA Program, he adds that “strong teaming with DoD maintenance facilities is also encouraged.”

The selection criterion for projects included the level of innovation, overall benefits, ability to deploy the technology within 12 months, and the strength of the team. The Top 5 Finalists were given the opportunity to present their project ideas to the DoD Senior Sustainment Leader Panel as part of the 2012 CTMA Symposium, being held at the U.S. Navy Fleet Readiness Center Southwest in Coronado, CA, March 26-28.  The annual NCMS symposium showcases technologies being developed with DoD maintenance activities, and features briefings by senior DoD leaders around issues and plans for the sustainment of their fleets.

Universal Synaptics Corp. is the recognized industry leader in detecting and isolating intermittent / No Fault Found (NFF) which is a leading contributor to low reliability, high maintenance and ground support costs and low readiness in aircraft wiring, Line Replaceable Units (LRUs) and Weapon Replaceable Assemblies (WRAs).  Approximately 50% of all pilot reported system malfunctions that occur in the air, go undetected in follow on ground testing in large part due to conventional automated test equipment serial scanning and digital testing limitations.

“The OSD Maintenance Technology Challenge proved to be great platform to share the ongoing proven success of the Intermittent Fault Detection & Isolation System (IFDIS) with Senior DoD Sustainment Leaders” said Ken Anderson, Universal Synaptics Corp., Vice President of Sales & Business Development.  “To have the IFDIS selected as a Top 5 Finalist out of 18 submissions speaks to the recognized benefit our advanced testing technology is providing the Department of Defense maintenance enterprise” stated Mr. Anderson.  “The IFDIS is specifically designed to detect and isolate intermittent faults and reduce No Fault Found (NFF) in aircraft wiring, LRUs and WRAs.  The Top 5 selection and success of IFDIS could not have been achieved without our partners at Ogden Air Logistics Center and Total Quality Systems”.


Mr. John Johns, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Maintenance), presents Mr. Ken Anderson, Vice President of Sales & Business Development (Universal Synaptics) a Top 5 Finalist Award for the Intermittent Fault Detection & Isolation System (IFDIS) in the 2012 Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Maintenance Technology Challenge at the CTMA Symposium, Fleet Readiness Center South West (FRC SW).


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 Ncompass™ and Intermittent Fault Detector (IFD™).  For more information, please contact Universal Synaptics:

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