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NI, SET, Tech180 collaborate on disruptive test strategy

17th November 2020
Mick Elliott

NI, SET GmbH and Tech180, all three experts in aerospace and defense test systems, are collaborating to disrupt how test systems are designed, developed, and maintained.

Together, the companies say they will deliver an innovative approach to test systems, including new products, hardware and software frameworks, an open systems reference architecture, and a paradigm-shifting System-on-Demand methodology.

“Conventional approaches for aerospace and defence test are badly outdated and in need of disruption. Engineers and enterprises are looking for new ways to leverage test as a competitive advantage, using it to reduce costs and accelerate product introductions while maintaining agility and equipment utilisation,” said Luke Schreier (pictured), Vice President and General Manager of NI’s Aerospace, Defense and Government Business Unit and new board member for SET. “We are confident that NI’s collaboration with SET and Tech180 will deliver the right approach and system-level capability necessary for our customers to meet test requirements at an accelerated rate.”

Aerospace and defence companies are challenged with soaring development costs and complexities due to the amount of embedded software, design, and integration challenges required in manned/unmanned aircraft, space launch vehicles, and new approaches for urban air mobility.

At the same time, the pressure to develop faster continues to rise.

Dated test approaches and equipment further exacerbate these challenges, making it difficult to adapt quickly to changing requirements and test earlier in the product life cycle.

The Systems-on-Demand and model-based test approach delivered through this new collaboration will help customers shorten time-to-market schedules, reduce operational expenses, integrate labs, and optimise data and assets.

As a result, more time can be spent ensuring the quality and safety of future products and less on building test systems.

"As both a developer and manufacturer for flight certified electronics and a specialist in aerospace electronics test systems, SET brings a deep understanding of the full development process," explains Frank Heidemann, founder and CEO of SET. "Customers can no longer afford long processes as they strive for a faster time to market. By working together, this collaboration is expected to develop these new answers and fill a critical gap in the industry.”

“Incremental improvements to the status quo are not good enough,” adds Chris Bakker, CEO of Tech180. “Currently, there’s an enormous amount of duplicate engineering spent on test, consuming resources that can be put to better use in research and development. Achieving the velocity of innovation companies need requires a fundamentally different approach to test. A streamlined test strategy is the key to a better product strategy, and this collaboration provides the path to this evolution at scale.”

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