How to Ensure Reliability of Aerospace Commercial Off-the-Shelf Parts (COTS)

Posted by Craig Hillman on Feb 7, 2017 9:32:00 AM

aerospace-commercial-off-the-shelf-parts-COTS.jpgNASA and the aerospace industry tenaciously pursue safety measures. The effect of various environmental factors on electronics components poses a reliability challenge for many engineers here on earth, let alone at 40,000 feet or in deep space. Components in development undergo rigorous qualification processes and extended test cycles, often repeated at extreme parametric limits and under harsh environmental conditions, and the price can be excessive.

The use of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) technologies in the aerospace industry has taken off as a cost-effective alternative. NASA has been able to successfully use COTS with careful attention to selection, qualification and testing.

tackling COTS reliability

Reliability expert and author Lloyd Condra provides fascinating insights during his recent webinar titled Reliable Implementation of COTS Parts and Assemblies into Aerospace Systems. 

After experience as a technical fellow at Boeing and ASQ Reliability Division, Condra recently joined DfR Solutions as advisor of electronics manufacturing. He has contributed to multiple academic studies including Reliability Assessment of Aerospace Electronic Equipment, and he is highly sought after for his knowledge of military defense systems. He has authored 2 books, Reliability Improvement with Design of Experiment and Value-added Management with Design of Experiments and published over 40 technical papers.

Don’t worry if you missed the live webinar! We have the recorded version available for you to watch at your convenience. Just click below!  

Reliable Implementation of COTS Parts and Assemblies into Aerospace Systems Webinar

Topics: Design for Reliability

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