Bloomy’s Hardware-In-the-Loop Technology Evolution CenterincorporatesAlta’s avionics bus interfacestovalidate and de-risk adoption of COTS LRU/SRU test systemsfor aerospace and defense organizations.
Rio Rancho, NM and South Windsor, CT - Alta Data Technologies (Alta) and Bloomy Controls, Inc. (Blo-omy®) today announce a partnership to provide aerospace and defense organizations with test technology implementationand migration services incorporating Alta’s latest MIL-STD-1553 and ARINC 429 interfaces.The two companies have integrated these interfaces and diagnostics tools into Bloo-my’sHardware in-the-Loop (HIL) Technology Evolution Center (TEC),the world’s first customer-accessible proving ground for commercial, off-the-shelf (COTS)HILtest technologies. With the addition of Alta’s interfaces and tools, the HIL Technology Evolution Centerenablesavionics and control system suppliersto conduct proof-of-concept tests at the Centerto mitigate risks associated with adopting new COTS communication bus technologies.
style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"Bill Eccles, Bloomy’s Director of Corporate Development, says, “We started the HIL Technology Evolution Center to help aerospace and defense organizations reduce the risks and costs of migrating test assets to updated COTS technologies. The Center has been an instant success forprogramsundergoing a technology refresh, allowingtest technology updates without suspending or risking operation of legacytest assets.Alta’s contribution of best-in-class MIL-STD-1553 and ARINC-429 communications interfaces are key to de-risking the migration of digital mil/aero communications to COTS systems. With this crucial element in place, you can test your line-replaceable unit (LRU) and shop-replaceable unit (SRU) interfacesto prove that COTS provides a viable migration from obsolete or custom systems tosystems which have wide support from the test community—including Alta’s renowned customer support.”
In addition to allowing customers to test-drive mil/aero communications inan operationalCOTS test system with their own LRUs and SRUs, the ITAR-compliant Center also facilitates testinginteroperability and integration of customer models and simulations in a secure COTS real-time environment. The environment also allowsthe use of commercial digital transformation-enabled toolchains, such as Bloomy’s DEFT™ (Digital Enablers for Test) product, withBloomy’s Thread-Ready™ HIL and FLEX BMS™ Validation systems, both available for use in the Center. With the addition of Alta-enabled communications,the combination of the Thread-Ready™ HIL and the FLEX BMS™ Validation systemswill provide makers of autonomous and electrified systems, such as air taxis, eVTOL vehicles, drones, robots, and unmanned underwater vehicles, withan on-demand, low-risk proving ground to test their control systems.
style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"“Modern aerospace and defense systems demand highly-automated testing to achieve the perfection required of each component. Bloomy offers leadingtechnology expertise with aerospace and defense automated test applications employingNI LabVIEW, VeriStand™,TestStand™, PXI, RIO and SLSC to achieve efficient test automation that utilizes COTS avionics products like Alta’s. Bloomy isAlta’s pre-ferred partner for applications that span testing modern engine controls, flight controls, line-replaceable units (LRUs), gyros, soldier-borne electronics, power and battery management systems (BMSs), autonomous systems (UxS), and systems integration labs (SILs),” states Harry Wild, VP of Sales for Alta, “and we look forward to supporting our mutual customers as they take advantage of the incredible capability that we’re both providing at Bloomy’s HIL TEC.”