Autotest equipment tests Air Force power supplies

U.S. Air Force electronics specialists needed up-to-date equipment to test the power supplies on air-to-air missile launchers. They found their solution in components from Autotest Co. of San Antonio, Texas.

Aug 1st, 1998
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U.S. Air Force electronics specialists needed up-to-date equipment to test the power supplies on air-to-air missile launchers. They found their solution in components from Autotest Co. of San Antonio, Texas.

Air Force officials at Warner Robins Air Logistics Center at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., recently bought three pieces of automatic power supply test equipment, as well as related 16-bit Windows 95-based PC test software, from Autotest. Helping with the purchase were experts from HTS Co., a test consulting firm located at the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center.

HTS experts are using the Autotest equipment to troubleshoot radar- and infrared-guided missile launchers on the Air Force F-15 and F-16 jet fighters.

"In the past we had to use an old manual console to do our power supply testing," explains Ron Barlow, senior engineer with HTS. "It did very few different types of tests."

By contrast, the new test equipment "just takes the technician a few minutes to get each test up and running," Barlow says. "The beauty of using the Autotest equipment is you can put a power supply on it and walk away while it`s doing the testing." The equipment now takes minutes to complete its tasks, where the outdated equipment it replaces consumed hours, Barlow says. - J.K.

For more information, contact Autotest by phone at 210-661-8661, by e-mail at sales@autotest.com, or on the World Wide Web at http://www. autotest.com/.

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U.S. Air Force officials are using Autotest equipment similar to the components pictured above to test the power supplies on air-to-air missile launchers.

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