Sustainment Challenges and Approaches for Legacy ATE Systems

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Summary This paper examines the sustainment challenges test engineers face when tasked with keeping legacy ATE operational.
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Lifecycle management is the bane of existence for many test engineers.  Opportunities to transition to that next new exciting project can be hampered by the need to keep deployed automatic test equipment (ATE) operational, especially as these systems continue to be pushed beyond their initial life projections.

Multiple alternatives for legacy ATE sustainment are available and range from the stockpiling of spares to leveraging the secondary market to acquiring COTS instrumentation to the development of exact FFF replacements with each having its own set of advantages and disadvantages; timeline, budget, future support projections, engineering resources and the size of the deployed ATE and TPS footprint must all be considered during the evaluation.  

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Article Date 9/14/2022
Keywords legacy ATE, lifecycle, obsolescence,

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