Case Studies

The case studies below are but a small sampling of the many types of challenging assignments and products we have designed in the last few years. Our projects have ranged from military “black boxes” to high volume commercial telecommunication transceivers, to MP3 players installed in Chevrolet SUV’s, to robots used in petrochemical plants to detect flaws in high pressure piping, to remote controlled laser tracking mechanisms, automotive battery chargers for police radios, to insecticide dispensers for mosquito abatement, and printed circuit board designs for JPL Mars probes.


Litton Industries/Northrop Grumman
Our customer was challenged to design, fabricate and produce a new general purpose 1 ATR VME chassis within a very tight eight month schedule for use with a new state of the art head’s up armament tracking system to be used as part of an avionic upgrade for the Cobra helicopter. Our customer contracted with us to perform the design and produce four prototype chassis. His in-house staff did not have the required resources to meet the required schedule.

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National Security Agency/Mykotronx

This encryptor was the first product venture for our client into the spacecraft hardware arena with an aggressive delivery of five flight units within six months. Our client contracted with us to provide all mechanical design, electronic packaging services and fabrication responsibilities for the unit. Our team met the schedule and the unit passed all environmental testing the first time.

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US Air Force

We designed an air data calibrator, a piece of portable flight line test equipment that is continually being moved around and must withstand an immense amount of physical abuse by the Air Force. Seven hundred units were to be provided to the government, so we were under severe pressure to keep the recurring costs low.

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National Security Agency

We designed a ruggedized classified shipboard uplink/downlink encryption unit for use by the National Security Agency for secure tactical command communications. The unit was designed, fabricated and tested within an aggressive 90 day hard deadline and passed all TEMPEST and environmental requirements.

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US Army/Hughes
We were asked by Hughes to design two large shock isolated enclosures to be used in the testing of a classified radar system mounted in a large military helicopter. The program was completed within six months, on time with an aggressive, fixed delivery date and two major changes of scope by final user.

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Hughes Commercial Electronics

Our client was challenged to manufacture a radical 38GHz high frequency radio transmitter for a worldwide commercial application. While they had the key RF and planer antenna technology, they contacted us to provide the overall unit design and to meet the incremental cost goals and schedule commitments for the project.

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Boeing

Our client was challenged to redesign their existing product on a very tight schedule and reduce the recurring costs 50%. With the first unit scheduled to be installed in a specific, new Boeing aircraft our client contracted with us to perform the design and to provide two dip brazed prototypes and six production cast aluminum units.

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Teledyne

We were approached by our client to re-design a health and engine monitoring unit used in international commercial helicopter applications that had been originally designed by another group and failed QUAL testing. As a result, our client was severely behind schedule on the delivery of the system to their customer and had no in house resources to devote to the project.

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Lockheed / CIA

Our client contacted us to design a crash survivable memory module for the A-12 aircraft, the successor to the U-2 and the precursor to the SR-71 Blackbird reconnaissance aircraft. The unit was required to survive the impact and the resulting fuel fire of an aircraft crash. Our design was the only unit in the avionics community to successfully complete the required aggressive level of environmental testing in June of 1994.

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