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Saab Logtronics pioneers GenTest system

8 March 2006 News

South African based Saab Logtronics has developed a highly-integrated generic maintenance support system for complex electronic line replaceable units (LRUs) and systems, known as the GenTest system.

Based on practical experience in the field, and having developed similar leading-edge test base technology, Saab Logtronics says it has designed and developed GenTest to be hardware and test fixture independent. It functions on an intelligent operating system that can be re-hosted on various test platforms.

The GenTest system was conceptualised and designed over an initial two-year period after which development began. Unique to the system is its comparatively small footprint; shortened test time allowing high throughput; reduced programme set development time; versatility for upgrading; and easy-to-host legacy test systems using GenTest software, among other features.

"The generic application approach of GenTest makes it suitable for test and diagnostics on a wide range of electronic, electro-mechanical and electro-optic equipment," explains operations executive, Chris Paul. "The previous generation test station is successfully in use with various customers. The GenTest concept has capitalised on this practical experience and has combined it with the leap in commercial-off-the-shelf hardware and software advances to produce a powerful and truly generic, small footprint, self-contained test capability."

The target market for GenTest is all military and aerospace electronics equipment, says the company. Saab Logtronics has established customers within the South Africa, Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. The GenTest system is currently at an advanced demonstration phase and Saab Logtronics says that it is ready to accept orders for this new generation test bench.

The development of the GenTest system comes at a time when the international aviation industry has faced pressing concerns around safety on aircraft. The company believes GenTest will help address these concerns by providing enhanced capabilities to undertake repairs, capture data, maintain and provide feedback to design engineers on findings captured on the flight line.

For more information contact Chris Paul, Saab Logtronics, +27 (0)12 678 8000, logtronics@saabgrintek.com





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