Speed, simplify and significantly lower the cost of system repair
In recent years, a better approach toward battlefield maintenance has emerged, which utilizes Line Replaceable Modules (LRM) to speed, simplify and significantly lower the cost of system repair. At Curtiss-Wright, we're helping to drive the move toward LRM maintenance through our leadership role in bringing rugged, fully covered ESD (electro-static discharge)-protected VPX modules to the embedded COTS market.
The innovative LRM approach promises to greatly reduce the logistics burden by removing and replacing modules such as pluggable processing and I/O boards directly at the platform; this eliminates the traditional step of first removing the system-level "black box" and sending it back to a depot for the eventual replacement of a pluggable circuit board. By designing a system around the concept of LRMs, and holding spares at the LRM level instead of at the box level, the cost, volume, and weight of spares holdings can be reduced. LRM design considerations include ESD protection, mechanical protection, fault diagnosis/isolation, LRM insertion and replacement, cooling, and handling sensitive data.
Engineered for Ruggedization and Reliability
The ability of a product to function under given conditions and for a specified period of time without exceeding acceptable failure levels.
Defines rugged environmental, design and construction, safety, and quality requirements for COTS plug-in units intended for mobile applications.
Curtiss-Wright COTS boards and systems mitigate technical maturity and product obsolescence issues using open architecture industry standards.
Curtiss-Wright implemented best practices for the design and production of lead-free assemblies to ensure reliability.