ALAE’s founder’s 25+ years of experience supporting the AFMC sustainment enterprise, and has been directly involved in the capture, staffing and execution of over $500M in ID/IQ task order requirements. The expertise gained enabled ALAE to provide Subject Matter Expertise (SME) on a wide array of SBIR/STTR focus areas. From August 2012 until June 2016, ALAE actively supported SBIR Topic AF093-208 as a subcontractor to Ridgetop Group, Inc. The focus of this SBIR topic was to develop an Expert Troubleshooting and Repair System (ETRS) using historical repair data to target high ROI bad actor circuit card assemblies (CCA’s). The innovation essentially focused on the analog degradation of digital data, and uses expert analysis combined with fault-tree and causal analysis to provide repair technicians with prioritized steps and probe points. This effort was targeted for bad actor CCA’s and reduced the CND/NFF rates substantially. A successful technology demonstration occurred during December 2013 at WR-ALC in the Versatile Depot Automatic Test Station (VDATS) System Integration Laboratory (SIL).
In 2014 ALAE was awarded two new subcontracts, by Ridgetop Group, Inc. (RGI), for continuation of key SBIR technology targeted for the USAF’s VDATS platform.
Under the newer subcontract awards, ALAE continued our support of the Expert Troubleshooting Repair System (ETRS) technology as the only subcontractor to RGI. This technology focused on reducing the rate of NFF/CND conditions on high value CCA’s during the depot repair process. During the 24 month period of performance, ALAE will worked closely with RGI and the USAF to select high ROI candidate CCA’s that have historically demonstrated ‘bad actor’ performance with high rates of NFF/CND during the repair process. This technology was applicable, under both SBIR contracts, to both digital and mixed signal (analog) CCA’s. RGI/ALAE performed a demonstration of this technology during Dec 2013 supported by close coordination with our USAF stakeholders. Our team implemented the ETRS technology on multiple CCA’s during the 24 month contract performance.