EEE Component Engineering
The Spur component engineering team provides a unique service capability within the international space and defence sectors. The use of high reliability components is required for long term, harsh or non-maintainable environments and they must be carefully selected to meet the stringent mission requirements for quality, reliability, radiation and heritage.
New and evolving technologies offer capabilities vastly superior to those of only a few years ago, but are very often untried under harsh operational or environmental conditions. Where qualified and proven options are not available, Spur will offer advice and guidance, which may include:
- Selection of a replacement device with known reliability history.
- Constructional Analysis (CA), to assess the robustness of a component to meet specific long term operational needs.
- Specific tests, such as Lot Verification Testing (LVT) or Radiation Verification Testing (RVT), where no information is currently available.
- Specific Quality Conformance Inspections (QCI) or independent inspections (Pre-Cap/Buy-Off) in a procurement specification to assure the quality and reliability of the delivered item.
- Identification that a component type is becoming Obsolete, is subject to a Last Time Buy (LTB) or has a Process Change Notification (PCN) and recommending replacements where possible.
The use of these parts will usually require a Parts Approval Document (PAD) and Spur will manage this process from preparation to the Parts Control Board (PCB) with the ultimate end user.
Spur’s engineers are closely supported by its laboratory staff and have carried out many in-depth studies concerning current component material problems. Almost all of these have resulted in potential solutions or preventative measures that can significantly affect electronic design at every level.
Members of component engineering are also integrated into the component procurement team, ensuring that customers maintain engineering support throughout the procurement cycle.