Bloomy Controls (Bloomy) and NI experts in aerospace and defense test systems, have declared the set-up of Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) Technology Evolution Center.
The center, an industry-first initiative, will be hosted by Bloomy at the company’s headquarters in South Windsor, Connecticut.
“Building a test system in aerospace and defense is not a one-time event. Considerations need to be put in place for 10-15 years, or more, to support technology insertions, code migrations and other maintenance,” said Luke Schreier, Vice President and General Manager of the Aerospace, Defense, and Government business unit at NI. “As NI’s offerings have evolved to address complex LRUs and the digital transformation initiatives of our customers, so have our partnerships in delivering this long-term value. We’re excited to work with Bloomy to establish this center as a way to help reduce overall program risk and cost for our mutual customers.”
“Our customers are facing numerous challenges in maximizing their use of current test assets, including digital transformation, interoperability, obsolescence, and retiring experts,” said Peter Blume, President and Founder of Bloomy. “Not only do they want the latest and greatest COTS technology and benefits, but they also need long-term stability, uptime, maintenance and support. The HIL Technology Evolution Center is the only lab of its kind that allows aerospace and defense companies to reap the benefits of new COTS test technologies in a controlled environment while also ensuring long-term supportability and stability. Offering this unique capability to Bloomy and NI customers demonstrates the mutual commitment we have to our customers’ long-term success.”
Line replaceable units (LRUs) with integrated electronic controls and computers are ubiquitous in nearly all aerospace and defense applications. To ensure reliable operation across all mission scenarios, these components are thoroughly tested using HIL test systems in systems integration labs (SILs) which simulate the vehicle IO during a mission.
These test systems often contain a mixture of custom, legacy and commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) technologies and must remain in operation for decades.
Bloomy and NI engineers can work alongside customers and use this system to collaborate in real-time, conducting interoperability and integration testing with COTS technologies and customer components, models and simulations.
The center also enables Bloomy to fulfill long-term service agreements according to customer lifecycle and uptime requirements.