This webinar discusses what to consider when preparing for a DO-178 audit. There are a number of key areas that require attention depending on the audit (Stage of Involvement #1 through SOI #4). This webinar is intended to help provide areas of focus and prioritization while preparing for a successful audit.
The Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership at Virginia Tech has signed an agreement with The Omnicon Group, a New York-based engineering company with experience in the development, verification, and certification of both manned and unmanned aircraft. This collaboration will focus on the testing and certification of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), also known as drones.
“At Virginia Tech, we see tremendous benefits in combining airworthiness certification and flight testing,” said Rose Mooney, Executive Director of the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership. “We look forward to working with The Omnicon Group, the Federal Aviation Administration, and our consortium partners to offer a complete range of services to our customers interested in pursuing safe commercialization and integration of UAS technology.”
The Omnicon Group has assisted aerospace companies in obtaining airworthiness certifications for more than 90 percent of the world’s commercial aircraft. The Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership offers expertise in UAS flight testing and safety regulations. These complementary capabilities will strengthen both organizations as they continue to grow their presence in the UAS arena.
“With this alliance we are excited to offer customers of both The Omnicon Group and Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership the opportunity to have a single source that can perform required safety analyses, software and hardware engineering support, and reliable flight testing,” said Karen J. Frank, The Omnicon Group’s Vice President of Corporate Development and Programs.
The Federal Aviation Administration selected the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership, headquartered at the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science at Virginia Tech, in December 2013 as one of six national test sites to conduct research to integrate unmanned aircraft into the nation’s airspace.
Since then, Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership has worked with unmanned aircraft systems to aid emergency responders, survey energy pipeline infrastructure, study agricultural land, and teach reporters to cover news.
Omnicon’s test engineers design and develop special test equipment for new and existing products in any industry. Whether it is for a new prototype or an existing product, our special test equipment is tailored to meet our customer’s needs. From simple jigs to advanced software-controlled systems, the test equipment is designed to be easily flexible and expandable. The thoroughness and reliability of Omnicon test equipment, and its ease of use, have been streamlining our customer’s operations for over 30 years by providing substantial savings of money and reduced effort.
Our engineers understand that a program’s success depends on concurrent development of automated test equipment that supports both product development and production testing. Test equipment that we develop is designed to be flexible, changeable, and gives the ability to add new features easily. The benefits of ongoing product and test equipment development are substantial. Robust test equipment streamlines the development process, making it possible to meet a very tight overall schedule.
Our special test equipment is designed using COTS (Commercial Off-the-Shelf) components wherever possible to reduce development costs and accelerate delivery. In addition, the cost of special test equipment is substantially offset by savings during product development, and costs are further reduced during production. Specialized test equipment, particularly when made part of the production process, almost always provides a net savings to a new product program.
For more information contact:
Karen J. Frank
The Omnicon Group
In June 2015, The Omnicon Group exhibited at the International Applied Reliability Symposium (ARS) held in Tucson, Arizona. The focus of ARS is for reliability leaders to come together to discuss real world tasks and challenges within the industry. This year the theme of the symposium was: “Sharing applications, success stories and lessons learned in reliability and maintainability engineering.”
Omnicon’s team of engineering experts shared the exhibit space with our strategic partner, Qualmark Corporation. Our cooperative brochure and exhibit was very well received by the program managers and engineering leaders who attended the symposium.
Karen J. Frank, Omnicon’s Director of Corporate Development and Programs was interviewed at this event. Karen stated that she was “impressed with this venue as specialists from a wide range of industries meet to learn new approaches to resolve similar engineering challenges.”
For more information contact:
Karen J. Frank
The Omnicon Group
This joint Omnicon Qualmark webinar discusses techniques developed and used during testing on software based systems. During testing it is difficult to find out why certain tests fail. However, with the right features for error detection, information such as parameter values, internal states, and acceptance criteria can be identified. After this webinar you will be well equipped to embark on making your total reliability plan a reality.
The Omnicon Group announced today that it has been awarded contracts from two leading manufacturers in the rail industry. These contracts include essential engineering services covering passenger railcar reliability, systems analysis, safety analysis, and test development for new railcar designs. The contracts will address virtually all railcar subsystems.Omnicon has been providing engineering services to worldwide railcar manufacturers and major transit authorities for over twenty years. Our experience in this field lets us provide rail customers with the most meaningful results in the least time. We are pleased to have been recognized repeatedly by the rail industry for project performance, superior technical ability, on-time delivery, and intimate working knowledge of rail industry designs and operations. The contracts were signed for three years and both were procured as a sole source acquisition. All work will be performed at Omnicon’s international headquarters in New York.
Omnicon is committed to providing the highest quality of technical and engineering services to railcar manufacturers and associated train districts in both domestic and international markets. “Omnicon is excited to be part of this innovative project that will enhance train safety, reliability, and efficiency while helping millions of daily commuters,” states Omnicon President and CEO Scott B. Abrams.
For more information contact:
Karen J. Frank
The Omnicon Group
Omnicon President and CEO Scott B. Abrams was awarded the Entrepreneur Award by the Long Island Technology Hall of Fame (LITHF). The award was presented at LITHF’s annual gala, which was held on Wednesday, March 4 at the Garden City Hotel.
The LITHF was established to recognize, honor, and preserve the contributions, accomplishments, and dedication of leaders in science and technology who have had an impact on Long Island. LITHF also raises funds for scholarships, outreach, and research initiatives that ensure that Long Island’s economic and intellectual leadership continues. Scott was in good company as renowned actor, writer, and lifelong science advocate Alan Alda (pictured with Scott) was among those inducted into LITHF.
Upon receiving the Entrepreneur Award, Scott said, “I am honored to share this evening with three incredible inductees into the Hall of Fame, along with a slew of brilliant high school students that are now young Hall of Famers.…This award means a great deal to all of us at The Omnicon Group. It validates that we are doing things right, and that we are providing value to our customers. I often say that our engineers are unsung heroes. We work behind the scenes to ensure that our customer’s critical products and systems perform correctly, safely, and reliably every time. And, we do it because we are passionate about excellence in engineering.”
LITHF does more than bestow well-deserved honors and appreciation upon their executive, entrepreneur, and inventor honorees. It seeks to ensure that Long Island will continue to grow as a global capital of technology by showcasing and encouraging the next generation of technology leaders. Entrepreneurship will continue to be a part of Long Island innovation, invention, and successful development. Congratulations to Scott on this achievement, as his leadership and entrepreneurship has guided The Omnicon Group to the award-winning company it is today.
To further improve its value to their customers The Omnicon Group and Isograph, North America have announced a strategic alliance that will provide enhanced access to products and services from both companies. Possessing the background and expertise needed Omnicon will offer consulting services using Isograph’s Reliability Workbench Software.
Isograph is a leading provider of software products in the systems safety, reliability and asset performance areas. Isograph was founded in 1986 and is now one of the world’s leading companies in the development and provision of integrated reliability, availability, maintainability, and safety software products. The company has offices in the United Kingdom and the United States.
The Omnicon Group, established in 1984, is an award winning company offering superior engineering solutions and full product development capabilities. Omnicon engineers are the recipients of more reliability awards from the IEEE Reliability Society than any other company in the world. In addition to their leadership position in reliability engineering, Omnicon specializes in development of complete reliability analyses, robust test solutions, the full life cycle of software and electronic hardware, exhaustive system and safety analyses, and certification support services. “We are looking forward to this strategic collaboration with Isograph, that will greatly benefit our existing and future customers,” remarked Karen J. Frank, Omnicon Director of Corporate Development and Programs.
The Omnicon Group and Isograph look forward to rolling out this program to its eligible customers.
In above photo: Jeremy Hynek, Director of North American Operations at Isograph and Karen J. Frank, Director of Corporate Development of Omnicon
A major developer of high-reliability electronics has awarded Omnicon a firm fixed price contract to perform Sneak Circuit Analysis (SCA) on FPGAs within their circuit designs. The analysis applies a well-defined and rigorous process to determine if effective sneak paths exist that could result in undesirable or catastrophic outcomes. Omnicon’s semi-automated process and toolset makes it feasible to determine sneak paths while minimizing chances for human error. Although SCA is not traditionally applied to logic devices such as FPGAs, analysis of input and state permutations provides a very thorough assessment of firmware behavior and its ability to avoid undesirable system behavior if unexpected (but physically possible) events occur.
FPGAs are one kind of programmable logic device. Others include CPLDs and PALs. Like conventional control circuits, they have inputs, outputs, and internal states. However, their intrinsic nature requires an SCA approach based on rules that are quite different from those conventional control circuits. In those circuits, for example, internal current flow in an unexpected direction is a prime indicator of a sneak path. In contrast, programmable logic devices do not route current among internal components, and execution of their programmed steps never occurs in reverse.
The FPGA analysis toolset complements Omnicon’s previously developed toolset for SCA of conventional control circuits. For those circuits, the toolset operates on simplified models representing the essential parts of the circuits that can disclose possible sneak paths. Rather than look for reverse current flow, the toolset examines circuit outputs resulting from exhaustive combinations of inputs and internal device states. All unexpected sets of outputs, and corresponding sets of inputs and internal states, are captured for subsequent analysis to determine whether they represent true sneak paths.
For analysis of a system containing both programmable logic devices and conventional control circuits, the two toolsets can be applied independently to their respective system parts to minimize analysis time. If a sneak circuit is discovered in one part, possible effects on the other part(s) are then investigated.
For more information see: Sneak Circuit
Or contact: Karen J. Frank